Dish

ca. 1740-1750 (made)

Unknown

Diameter: 38.7 cm

C.1391-1910 EAS

Dish, porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gilt, China (Jingdezhen), Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, ca. 1740-1750

The dish is painted in coloured enamels with a basket of flowers and a border of carps swimming among water weeds. The soft pink is derived from gold and believed to have been introduced into China from Europe around 1720. Many of the other pigments are muted by the addition of the newly invented opaque white enamel. In the early 18th century the taste for Chinese blue and white porcelain was declining, and colourfully decorated ware became popular.

The decoration of flowers and fish on this dish is painted in coloured enamels. The soft pink is derived from gold, and experts think that it was introduced into China from Europe around 1720. Many of the other pigments are muted by the addition of the newly invented opaque white enamel. The fashion in Europe for colourfully decorated ware began in the early 18th century, when Chinese blue and white porcelain was becoming less popular.

Salting Bequest

Location: Ceramics Study Galleries, Asia & Europe, room 137, case 13, shelf 4

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