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Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels in the centre with a phoenix standing on a rock, with peonies, aster and other flowers, and three rows of diaper borders.
- Production date
Diameter: 195 millimetres
Height: 36 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Qing 18thC
Room 95 label text:
Dish with a phoenix surrounded by 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. 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 (powdered colours)
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about AD 1720–1740
- On display (G95/dc33/sh2)
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