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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.743

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and slightly flared rim. The saucer has red enamel on the exterior. There are pale green and black bats in shaped white panels on the exterior, and a formalised medallion shaped "shou" character in red on white ground on the interior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35 millimetres
    • Diameter: 155 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清雍正年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Yongzheng nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty Yongzheng reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:

    PDF 743

    Dish with bats and iron-red glaze


    This dish is of a very fine quality. It is decorated with bats flying in different attitudes and reserved on an iron-red ground. Details of the bats are finely drawn in with black enamel. Inside is a stylised character 壽 (shou ‘longevity’) in a medallion. Chinese people read an image of bats as an emblem for happiness as both the characters for bat and happiness are pronounced fu.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze iron-red and black enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD 1723–1735

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p. 38, no. 31 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.31, no.743 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.50, no.164 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case32/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.743

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and slightly flared rim. Ired red enamel on exterior, with pale green and black bats in shaped white panels. Formalised medallion shaped shou character in red on white ground on interior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and slightly flared rim. Ired red enamel on exterior, with pale green and black bats in shaped white panels. Formalised medallion shaped shou character in red on white ground on interior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.

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