This unusually shaped bowl illustrates the use of Western shapes, often in silver or pewter, as models for new Chinese ceramic forms. The monteith, named after a Scot, whose cloak's hem was notched in the same way as the rim of this bowl, was designed to chill wine glasses which could be suspended in water. Wooden models were often used to show unfamiliar European shapes to Chinese potters on the other side of the world. The monteith first appeared in silver, but then appeared in Dutch delftware as well as Chinese porcelain.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.139.
Place where the work was made
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
15.6 x 32.9 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Mrs Margaret Strutt-Davies 1984
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
In one drop of water, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Jun 2019–Dec 2020
Referenced in 3 publications
Amber Daines, Look, 'Trade Ceramics', pg. 20-21, Sydney, Jun 2004, 20, 21 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 139 (colour illus.).
Jackie Menzies, TAASA Review, "In the Public Domain: Trade Ceramics in the AGNSW", Sydney, Jun 2013, 24 (colour illus.).