Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels with a well-balanced design of a singing bird on a branch of flowering magnolia. Outside covered in ruby-pink glaze.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 35 millimetres
- Diameter: 203 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Dish with bird on a branch
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. Some of the most technically accomplished fencai wares were made in the Yongzheng emperor’s reign. 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.
Porcelain with fencai enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about AD 1720–1740
Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection. PDF card: Russell Collection.
Saucer-shaped porcelain dish. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' enamels with a well-balanced design of a singing bird on a branch of flowering magnolia. Outside covered in ruby-pink glaze.
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Object reference number: RRC39732
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