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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.
- Made in: Zhangzhou
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Zhangzhou)
- Height: 106 millimetres
- Diameter: 369 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli (1573-1620) late 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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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Object reference number: RRC39681
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