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Title

Large dish

early 18th century


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

The best porcelain of the Kangxi period has pure white body, smooth clear glazes and skilfully applied, sophisticated decoration. Apart from blue and white, the main porcelain product of the period was 'famille verte', a term coined in the middle of the nineteenth century by the French ceramic collector, Albert Jacquemart to refer to the large group of ceramics in which the prevailing colour within the over-glaze enamel repertoire was green. The auspicious imagery on this fine example of 'famille verte' porcelain is from Daoist philosophy. Xi Wangmu, Queen Mother of the Western paradise, where the peaches of longevity grow, is depicted accompanied by an attendant. A spotted deer (symbol of longevity) draws a cart carrying an elixir. Bats, symbols of happiness, reinforce the good wishes, while the reverse of the dish is decorated with 100 archaic Daoist variations of the character 'shou' (longevity).

'Asian Art', AGNSW Collections, 1994. pg. 203.


Details


Other Title

Large dish decorated with design of Xi Wangmu


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Date

early 18th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with 'famille verte' decoration


Dimensions

7.2 x 39.6 cm


Credit

Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle on the occasion of the opening of the new Asian Gallery 1987


Location

Not on display


Accession number

435.1987


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 7 publications

Bibliography


Mr V V W Fretwell, Mr L G Harrison, Ivan McMeekin and J. Hepburn Myrtle (Compilators), Chinese ceramics, Sydney, 1965, 28, 42 (iilus.). cat.no. 118, plate no. 24

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 27. cat.no. 45

Jackie Menzies, The Art Gallery of New South Wales collections, 'Asian Art - India, South-East Asia, China, Tibet, Korea, Japan', pg. 173-228, Sydney, 1994, 203 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 124 (colour illus.).

Jackie Menzies, Look, 'Porcelain power', pg. 30-31, Sydney, Feb 2009, 30 (colour illus.), 31 (colour illus.). image on page 30 is the front and image on page 31 is the back.

Jacqueline Menzies, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Asian', pg. 72-93, Sydney, 1988, 76 (illus.).

Julian Thompson, Orientations, 'Chinese Porcelain in the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 96-103, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 102 (illus.; colour illus.). fig.11 and 11a (mark)