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Title

Monteith

circa 1710-1720


Artists

Unknown Artist


About

This unusually shaped bowl illustrates the use of Western shapes, often in silver or pewter, as models for new Chinese ceramic forms. The monteith, named after a Scot, whose cloak's hem was notched in the same way as the rim of this bowl, was designed to chill wine glasses which could be suspended in water. Wooden models were often used to show unfamiliar European shapes to Chinese potters on the other side of the world. The monteith first appeared in silver, but then appeared in Dutch delftware as well as Chinese porcelain.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.139.


Details


Other Title

Monteith bowl


Place where the work was made

China


Date

circa 1710-1720


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze blue decoration


Dimensions

15.6 x 32.9 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Mrs Margaret Strutt-Davies 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

251.1984



Place

Where the work was made
China

Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Amber Daines, Look, 'Trade Ceramics', pg. 20-21, Sydney, Jun 2004, 20, 21 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 139 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, TAASA Review, "In the Public Domain: Trade Ceramics in the AGNSW", Sydney, Jun 2013, 24 (colour illus.).