- Museum number
Saucer-shaped dish. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels with blossoming sprays of poppy and crowfoot. The back is covered with ruby-pink enamel.
- Production date
- 1721 (enamel later)
Diameter: 156 millimetres
Height: 35 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Qing 1721 AD
Room 95 label text:
Dish with dated mark and 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. 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. The dish has a five-character mark又辛丑年製(You xinchou nianzhi ‘Made in the xinchou year [AD 1721)’) in a double circle in underglaze blue but the enamels were probably added later.
Porcelain with fencai (powdered colours)
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, AD 1721 (dish, but later enamels)
- On display (G95/dc33/sh2)
- Registration number