Wares decorated in underglaze iron black represent a large class of trade ceramics produced in numerous kilns around the Hanoi region from the 1300s to 1500s. Wide-mouthed bowls are the early dominant export type, as evidenced by the discovery of similar pieces in Sulawesi. The decoration on the plate typically comprises a running scroll around the rim and a single full petalled flower (perhaps a chrysanthemum) in the centre, all summarily drawn in underglaze iron black. Pieces such as these bear comparison with contemporary Thai ceramics and there must have been some kind of relationship between the two countries. The use of a brown wash on the unglazed base is a feature unique to Vietnamese ceramics.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.301.
Plate decorated with classic scroll border
stoneware decorated in iron black
5.5 cm x 32.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Anthony Odillo Maher 1998
Not on display
Where the work was made
Referenced in 2 publications
South-East Asian and Chinese Trade Pottery, Hong Kong, 1979, 178-9 (illus.).
Unknown (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 301 (colour illus.).