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Collection

An image of Monteith by

China

Title
Monteith
Other titles:
Monteith bowl
Place of origin
China
Period
Kangxi 1662 - 1722Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Year
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
Accession number
251.1984
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (3)

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

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

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