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Title

Large dish with floral design

circa 1600

Artist

Swatow ware

China

  • Details

    Other Title
    Swatow ware blue glazed bowl
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Period
    Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
    Date
    circa 1600
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with slip decoration under blue glaze
    Dimensions
    7.8 x 35.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Dr Peter Elliott 1995
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    204.1995
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Swatow ware

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  • About

    Swatow refers to a large family of coarse provincial porcelains, often with vigorously painted decoration. They were produced in imitation of Kraak porcelains in a number of kilns not far from the port of Shantou (Swatow in Dutch records) in Guangdong province in southern China. Swatow wares are roughly made, often with grit adhering to their foot rims, while their decorations have the freedom and verve characteristic of late Ming ceramics. They have been found along international trade routes of the late 1500s and 1600s. Most typical of Swatow wares are the large dishes, decorated in blue-and-white, polychrome enamels and, less commonly, monochrome colours over a slip decoration.

    'Swatow wares', The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.140.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    China

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