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14th century


Unknown Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Plate decorated with classic scroll border
    Place where the work was made
    Hanoi Vietnam
    14th century
    Media category
    Materials used
    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
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

  • About

    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

  • Provenance

    Mr and Mrs Robert P. Piccus Collection, pre 1984, England

    Christie's London, 1984, London/England, 'Important Annamese Ceramics: The Mr and Mrs Robert P. Piccus Collection', 7 December 1984, lot 40.

    Spink and Son, post 1984, Sydney/New South Wales/Australia, purchased from Christie's auction in London.

    Anthony Odillo Maher, pre 1998, Leura/New South Wales/Australia, purchased by Maher from Spink and Son. Donated to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, February 1998.