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.
Swatow ware dish with design of waterfowl and plants
A large dish
Place where the work was made
Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
16th century-17th century
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
9.8 cm x 43.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Anthony Odillo Maher 1998
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Exhibition and sale of 'Pottery, porcelains, bronze, lacquers, snuff bottles' from China, Japan, Burma and Mongolia (1976), Joshua McClelland Print Room, Australia, 16 Jun 1976–25 Jun 1976
Referenced in 2 publications
Unknown (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 141 (colour illus.).
Exhibition and sale of 'Pottery, porcelains, bronze, lacquers, snuff bottles' from China, Japan, Burma and Mongolia, Melbourne, 1976, (illus.). cat.no. 21; titled 'Large Dish'