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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.812

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. The dish has a fine white body. There is a bird on a pendant fruiting bough of a peach tree in pale transparent enamel on the interior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 25 millimetres
    • Diameter: 254 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        Around rim
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        萬壽無疆
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Wanshou wujiang
      • Inscription Translation

        Ten thousand years of longevity without end
      • 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 812

    Dish with bird on a fruiting peach tree


    In the centre of the dish, is a bird on a fruiting peach tree depicted in a translucent palette of overglaze enamels. Around the rim are four characters萬壽 無疆 (wanshou wujiang ‘ten thousand years of longevity without end’). There is a six-character Kangxi mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base. The Kangxi emperor ruled for sixty-one years, which was the longest reign in Chinese history. This dish and others like it were commissioned for the celebration of his sixtieth birthday on 12th April 1713. This momentous state occasion was marked by operatic performances, music and feasting on a vast scale.


    Porcelain with overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, about AD 1713

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.11, no.812 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.21, no.812 bibliographic details
    • Hobson, Rackham & King 1931 pp.190-191; Colour Plate 27. bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case32/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Hobson Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection; and Lady David 1973 records: From the Liddell (Captain C. Oswald Liddell) and Russell Collections. PDF card: Previous owners: Herbert G. Squiers Collection (sold in the American Art Association rooms in New York, April 1912, Lot 34 for $55 to) Liddell Collection; C. E. Russell Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.812

Fine white porcelan porcelain dish. Delicately painted in pale transparent enamels with a naturalistic design of a bird on a pendant fruiting bough of a peach tree (symbolising longevity).

Fine white porcelan porcelain dish. Delicately painted in pale transparent enamels with a naturalistic design of a bird on a pendant fruiting bough of a peach tree (symbolising longevity).

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