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Title

Bleu de Hue bowl with dragon decoration


Artist

Export ware (Viet Nam)

China


About

Along the rim of the bowl is a dragon with bulging eyes spitting fire. Near the shallow ring foot is a band of waves from which two carps emerge, one of which is blowing a huge gourd-shaped bubble.

From the 1700s onwards, kings of the Le-Trinh dynasty in Vietnam ordered porcelain pieces from China for their court. This type is named after Hue, the 19th-century capital of the last royal dynasty in Vietnam, the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). Although Chinese artisans executed the painting, Vietnamese rulers dictated the designs. Each ruler ordered ceramics of his own liking for use in his court, as well as presentation pieces to give to members of royal families and mandarin officials.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012


Details


Other Title

Tea bowl with dragon decoration


Place where the work was made

China


Cultural origin

Style: export ware


Date

circa 19th century-20th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze decoration


Dimensions

5.1 x 10.9 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr John Yu & Dr George Soutter 2002


Location

Not on display


Accession number

168.2002


Artist information

Export ware (Viet Nam)

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 145 (colour illus.).