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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 25 millimetres
- Diameter: 254 millimetres
Inscription PositionAround rim
Inscription TransliterationWanshou wujiang
Inscription TranslationTen thousand years of longevity without end
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Kangxi nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
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
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.
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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Object reference number: RRC39144
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