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An image of Bleu de Hue bowl with dragon decoration by Export ware (Viet Nam)

Export ware (Viet Nam)

(China  – )

Bleu de Hue bowl with dragon decoration
Other titles:
Tea bowl with dragon decoration
Place of origin
Cultural origin
Style: export ware
Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
circa 19th century-20th century
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with underglaze decoration

5.1 x 10.9 cm

Gift of Dr John Yu & Dr George Soutter 2002
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (1)

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

Exhibition history (1)

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