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Title

Large dish with design of two dragons

circa 1600

Artist

Swatow ware

China

  • Details

    Other Title
    Large dish decorated with enamels
    Place where the work was made
    China
    Date
    circa 1600
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration
    Dimensions
    7.7 x 35.7 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1988
    Location
    Lower Asian gallery
    Accession number
    44.1988
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Swatow ware

    Works in the collection

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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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • The Way We Eat, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Apr 2021–2022

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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