- Other Title
- Large dish decorated with enamels
- Place where the work was made
- circa 1600
- Media category
- Materials used
- porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration
- 7.7 x 35.7 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Purchased 1988
- Lower Asian gallery
- Accession number
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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.
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Way We Eat, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2021–2022
Referenced in 2 publications
Amber Daines, Look, 'Trade Ceramics', pg. 20-21, Sydney, Jun 2004, 20 (colour illus.), 21.
Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'Export Ceramics', Sydney, 2003, 140 (colour illus.).
Other works by Swatow ware
Swatow ware Large dish with design of Chinese characters circa 1600 16.1998 On display – Lower Asian gallery
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