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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.862

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1720-1740
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 200 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 862

    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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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 280 bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.22, no.862 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.38, no.862 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.862

Saucer-shaped porcelain dish. Decorated inside with 'famille rose' enamels within a six-petalled central panel, with a scene representing part of the West Lake at Hangzhou.

Saucer-shaped porcelain dish. Decorated inside with 'famille rose' enamels within a six-petalled central panel, with a scene representing part of the West Lake at Hangzhou.

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