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Title

Dish with design of waterfowl

16th century-17th century


Artist

Swatow ware

China


About

Swatow refers to a large family of coarse provincial porcelains, often with vigorously painted decoration. They were produced in imitation of Kraak porcelains in a number of kilns not far from the port of Shantou (Swatow in Dutch records) in Guangdong province in southern China. Swatow wares are roughly made, often with grit adhering to their foot rims, while their decorations have the freedom and verve characteristic of late Ming ceramics. They have been found along international trade routes of the late 1500s and 1600s. Most typical of Swatow wares are the large dishes, decorated in blue-and-white, polychrome enamels and, less commonly, monochrome colours over a slip decoration.

'Swatow wares', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.140.


Details


Other Titles

Swatow ware dish with design of waterfowl and plants

A large dish


Place where the work was made

China


Date

16th century-17th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze blue decoration


Dimensions

9.8 cm x 43.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Anthony Odillo Maher 1998


Location

Not on display


Accession number

21.1998


Artist information

Swatow ware

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
China

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Joshua McClelland Print Room, Exhibition and sale of 'Pottery, porcelains, bronze, lacquers, snuff bottles' from China, Japan, Burma and Mongolia, Melbourne, 1976, (illus.). cat.no. 21; titled 'Large Dish'

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 141 (colour illus.).