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Title

Dish with design of phoenix


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


Place where the work was made

China


Date

late 16th century-early 17th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain decorated in underglaze blue decoration


Dimensions

7.4 x 35.5 cm


Credit

Purchased 1983


Location

Not on display


Accession number

230.1983


Artist information

Swatow ware

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
China

Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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