- Museum number
Bowl; hard-paste porcelain; moulded with sixteen lobes with petalled rim outlined in gilt; gilt lacework borders at the rim and framing a central medallion; in the medallion, rural scene with figures, a cow and a hill beyond, with buildings and tentlike structures beneath cumulus clouds, painted in turquoise green, blue, red, puce, yellow and black; round the outside, two figures seated at a table, a sage and a boy on a terrace, and a pine tree by a fence with a pair of phoenixes and clouds above, all divided by rockwork and flowering prunus; in the Japanese style; marked.
- Production date
- 1730 (circa)
Diameter: 21.40 centimetres
Height: 8 centimetres
- Curator's comments
The mark in black is the inventory mark of the Hofkonditorei of the Japanese Palace, Dresden. The inventory (see Boltz 1996, p. 62) records 'Zwey fein gemuschelte detto [Spühl Näpfe] in-(60) und auswendig mit Lanschaften, Pagoden auch Blumen und Vögeln gemahlt, 31/2 Zoll hoch, 9 Zoll in Diam.: No. 450'.
Compare with a similar bowl with the same Johanneum number in the Musée national de Céramique, Sèvres (inv. MNC 2274) presented to Alexander Brongniart in 1836 by the Porzellansammlung, Dresden.
Ayers, Impey & Mallet 1990
Following a Japanese original, the bowl is fluted in sixteen lobes with petalled rim outlined in gilt, and there are gilt lacework borders at the rim and framing a central medallion. Painted here in a palette of turquoise green, blue, red, puce, yellow and black is a rural scene with figures, a cow and a hill beyond, with buildings and tentlike structures beneath cumulus clouds.
Round the outside are two figures seated at a table, a sage and a boy on a terrace, and a pine tree by a fence with a pair of phoenixes and clouds above. They are divided by rockwork and flowering prunus.
The central scene, which appears in various forms on Arita blue-and-white - cf. No. 67 in this exhibition - is sometimes identified as 'Deshima Island'; in fact it corresponds closely to Delft designs of the late 17th century and undoubtedly depicts a landscape in Holland, with sailing-ships in the distance.
Sir A. W. Franks, 'Catalogue of a Collection of Continental Porcelain lent to the Bethnal Green Museum', South Kensington Museum, London, 1896, No. 27.
London, 1985, No. 9.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1985 June, London, International Ceramics Fair and Seminar, 'Documentary Continental Ceramics from the British Museum', no. 9
- Some of the gilding slightly rubbed.
- Acquisition date
- Britain, Europe and Prehistory
- Registration number