Large Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish of Swatow type, with bracketed rim. Underglaze blue inside with a central roundel featuring ducks and waterfowl in a pond with aquatic plants and a grassy shoreline. Ogival panels around the cavetto alternating with egrets or lotus plants.
- Made in: Zhangzhou
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Zhangzhou)
- Height: 78 millimetres
- Diameter: 380 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming early 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Dish with a riverscape
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. This dish is painted with a riverscape in the centre with water plants and birds.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Zhangzhou (‘Swatow’) ware
Pinghe county, Zhangzhou prefecture, Fujian province, 福建省, 漳州, 平和縣
Ming dynasty, about AD1573–1620
Purchased Sotheby's Sale May 13, 1969, lot 108, £95 (PDF Record Card)
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Object reference number: RRC40046
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