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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.836

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Fine thin white porcelain delicately painted in pale transparent 'famille verte' palette enamels with a river scene in the foreground with two swimming ducks and a standing wagtail.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 25 millimetres
    • Diameter: 253 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        Around rim
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        萬壽 無疆
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ten thousand years of longevity without end
      • Inscription Comment

        Around the rim, four characters wanshou wujiang (ten thousand years of longevity without end)
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A836

    Enamelled dish showing a pond scene


    In the centre of the dish, two swimming ducks and a standing wagtail are depicted with lotuses and other water weeds 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’). 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 April1713. 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

    • Scott 1989B p.103, no.107 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p.16, no.5 bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.37, no.A836 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.56, no.A836 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.79, no.48 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.83, no.84 bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 pp 124-125, no.205 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case64-2

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    23 March 2009

    Reason for treatment

    Loan

    Treatment proposal

    Fill chip.

    Condition

    Small chip on rim.

    Treatment details

    Steam cleaned using distilled water; run off dirt and water absorbed into soft tissue paper.

    Missing areas filled with Fynebond, fumed silica and microballoons. Cut back with scalpel and polished with micromesh.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.836

Porcelain dish. Fine thin white porcelain delicately painted in pale transparent 'famille verte' enamels with a river scene in the foreground with two swimming ducks and a standing wagtail.

Porcelain dish. Fine thin white porcelain delicately painted in pale transparent 'famille verte' enamels with a river scene in the foreground with two swimming ducks and a standing wagtail.

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