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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.860

  • Description

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish with rounded sides and flat base. The dish has a fine white eggshell body. There is a landscape scene of rocks, blossoming tree-peony and asters, and three quails on grass in iron-red, brown and 'famille rose' palette enamel on the interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1720-1740
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 197 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 860

    Dish with quails


    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 recipes to achieve it. Some of the most technically accomplished fencai wares were made in the Yongzheng emperor’s reign. This type of dish made of egg-shell thin porcelain is known as ruby-backed ware because of the monochrome pink colour on its outer walls.


    Porcelain with fencai (powdered colours)
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1720–1740

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 279 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 40, no. 34 bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.22, no.860 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.37, no.860 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.72, no.60 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Lady David 1973 records: From the Seed Collection. PDF card: Seed Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.860

Saucer-shaped dish with rounded sides and flat base. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' enamels, iron-red and brown with landscape scene of rocks, blossoming tree-peony and asters, and three quails at rest on the grassy sward.

Saucer-shaped dish with rounded sides and flat base. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' enamels, iron-red and brown with landscape scene of rocks, blossoming tree-peony and asters, and three quails at rest on the grassy sward.

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