Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. There is a scene representing part of the West Lake at Hangzhou within a six-petalled central panel in 'famille rose' palette enamel on the interior.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 38 millimetres
- Diameter: 200 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Saucer-dish showing the West Lake at Hangzhou
A new opaque palette of overglaze colours developed in China around AD 1720. A new opaque white greatly increased the shades of colours available to the potters, and a new pink gave the overall palette a softer feel. Although pink, made using gold, was introduced from the West, European and Chinese craftsmen employed quite different recipies to achieve it. The opaque colours of the 粉彩 (fencai 'powdered colours') palette are made of lead-alkali-silicates, like cloisonné enamels. Some of the most technically accomplished fencai wares were made in the Yongzheng emperor’s reign. This egg-shell thin porcelain dish is known as ruby-backed because of the monochrome pink colour on the outer walls.
Porcelain with fencai enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about AD 1720–1740
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Object reference number: RRC39193
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