Saucer-shaped dish. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels with blossoming sprays of poppy and crowfoot. The back is covered with ruby-pink enamel.
- 1721 (enamel later)
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 35 millimetres
- Diameter: 156 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationYou xinchou nianzhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the 'xinchou' year
Inscription CommentFive-character mark You xinchou nianzhi (Made in the xinchou year) (1721) in a double circle in underglaze blue
Published PDF date : Qing 1721 ADRoom 95 label text:
Dish with dated mark and flowers
A new opaque palette of overglaze colours developed in China around AD 1720. A new opaque white greatly increased the shades of colours available to the potters, and a new pink gave the overall palette a softer feel. Although pink, made using gold, was introduced from the West, European and Chinese craftsmen employed quite different recipes to achieve it. This type of dish made of egg-shell thin porcelain is known as ruby-backed ware because of the monochrome pink colour on its outer walls. The dish has a five-character mark又辛丑年製(You xinchou nianzhi ‘Made in the xinchou year [AD 1721)’) in a double circle in underglaze blue but the enamels were probably added later.
Porcelain with fencai (powdered colours)
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, AD 1721 (dish, but later enamels)
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Object reference number: RRC39750
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