28.4 x 25.3 cm
From the Qianlong period on, a separate type of monochrome ware was produced for ritual use by the emperor. These vessels were catalogued in a book called 'The illustrated regulations for the ceremonial paraphernalia of the Qing dynasty' compiled in 1759. The pieces were made in forms derived from ancient bronzes and their colour was determined by the Beijing temple they were made for, such as yellow for use in the Temple of Earth and blue for the Temple of Heaven.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.129.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 129 (colour illus.).