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Title

Bleu de Hue bowl with dragon decoration

circa 19th century-20th century

Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Tea bowl with dragon decoration
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Cultural origin
    Style: export ware
    Period
    Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Date
    circa 19th century-20th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with underglaze decoration
    Dimensions
    5.1 x 10.9 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Dr John Yu & Dr George Soutter 2002
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    168.2002
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Export ware

    Works in the collection

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  • About

    Along the rim of the bowl is a dragon with bulging eyes spitting fire. Near the shallow ring foot is a band of waves from which two carps emerge, one of which is blowing a huge gourd-shaped bubble.

    From the 1700s onwards, kings of the Le-Trinh dynasty in Vietnam ordered porcelain pieces from China for their court. This type is named after Hue, the 19th-century capital of the last royal dynasty in Vietnam, the Nguyen dynasty (1802-1945). Although Chinese artisans executed the painting, Vietnamese rulers dictated the designs. Each ruler ordered ceramics of his own liking for use in his court, as well as presentation pieces to give to members of royal families and mandarin officials.

    Asian Art Department, AGNSW, January 2012

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Dragon (2012), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Jan 2012–06 May 2012

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication