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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.769

  • Description

    Swatow-type Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish. Decorated in red, turquoise, green and black overglaze enamels. Inside in centre, a medallion of a peony reserved in white against a red ground. Around it, two flying phoenix in black and turquoise with turquoise cloud scrolls and floral sprays in between. Bordered medallions in black, green and turquoise contain flowering bushes and birds. Base roughly glazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC-17thC
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  • Materials

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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 106 millimetres
    • Diameter: 369 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli (1573-1620) late 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A769

    Dish with flying phoenix


    Collectors and scholars called this type of ware ‘Swatow’ after an old Dutch transliteration of Shantou, a port in northern Guangong province, mistakenly believed to have been the port from which they were shipped. Merchants traded them to countries in Southeast Asia such as Indonesia, the Philippines and Malaysia as well as to Japan and Holland. They are characterised by coarse sandy bases. The designs are all rendered in free and spontaneous brushstrokes.


    Porcelain with polychrome overglaze enamels
    Zhangzhou (‘Swatow’) ware
    Pinghe county, Zhangzhou prefecture, Fujian province, 福建省, 漳州, 平和縣
    Ming dynasty, about AD1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 162 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.69, no.A769 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 118-119, no. 50 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 pp 38-39, no.115 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case29/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.769

Swatow-type Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish. Decorated in red, turquoise, green and black overglaze enamels. Inside in centre, a medallion of a peony reserved in white against a red ground. Around it, two flying phoenix in black and turquoise with turquoise cloud scrolls and floral sprays in between. Bordered medallions in black, green and turquoise contain flowering bushes and birds. Base roughly glazed.

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