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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.818

  • Description

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. The dish has a fine white body. There is a large peach shaded in iron red with a seal script character in gold, twigs and leaves on the interior, and three twigs with green peaches inscribed in gold on the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 55 millimetres
    • Diameter: 286 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        萬壽
      • Inscription Comment

        Characters wanshou in gold (ten thousand years of longevity) on the interior, and shou on the exterior
      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清康熙年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Kangxi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF 818

    Serving dish with peaches


    The porcelain painter has created subtle gradations of colour within the peach using a palette of translucent enamels by applying green to coral pink to red in painted and blown-on trenches. Over the peach, itself a Chinese emblem of long life, the characters 萬壽 (wanshou, ‘ten thousand longevities’) are gilded in an elongated seal script. Outside the dish is painted with peaches, leafy branches and 壽 (shou ‘longevity’) characters. Wanshou was an imperial birthday greeting and it is probable this dish was made to celebrate the 60th birthday of the Kangxi emperor (lived AD1654–1722) on 12th April1713.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, translucent overglaze colours and gilding
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, about AD 1713

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 218 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 164, pl. CLXIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 92, no. 94 bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.12, no.818, pl. III bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.24, no.818 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case64-2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired before 1934

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.818

Saucer-shaped, fine white porcelain dish. Painted in delicate enamels. Inside is a large peach shaded in iron red with twigs and leaves. On the peach is a seal script character in gold. On the outside are three twigs with green peaches also inscribed in gold.

Saucer-shaped, fine white porcelain dish. Painted in delicate enamels. Inside is a large peach shaded in iron red with twigs and leaves. On the peach is a seal script character in gold. On the outside are three twigs with green peaches also inscribed in gold.

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