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Dish: C.4-1911

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Current Location: In storage


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Dish. Hard-paste porcelain with a powder-blue ground, reserves painted in famille verte enamels, and gilt with a sage and his servant and two further sages beside a lake in landscape.

Dish. Hard-paste porcelain decorated in mottled underglaze blue and painted in famille verte enamels, and gilding. The shallow rounded sides with a broad everted rim resting on a low tapered foot. The interior decorated on the pale, rather smudgy mottled blue ground with a central barbed medallion enclosing a lakeside scene picked out in famille verte enamels, a sage accompanied by his servant carrying a qin crossing an ornamental bridge in the foreground and two further sages conversing on a promontory jutting out behind, a covered boat moored beside a house on the opposite shore and a pagoda rising amongst low pointed hills in the distance; the medallion is encircled by eight floral sprays in gilding and the rim with a gilt border of quatrefoil vignettes enclosing floral sprays interspersed with eight famille verte vignettes alternately enclosing floral clusters behind pierced rockwork and lakeside scenes. The underside with three iron-red peony sprays. The base has two concentric circles in underglaze blue enclosing the mark.

Legal notes

Given by Mrs James Bedford

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 40.7 cm
Height: 6.1 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1905-03-25) by Bedford, James, Mrs


Qing Dynasty
Kangxi Period (1662-1722)
Circa 1662 - Circa 1722

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Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( famille verte) gold

Materials used in production

clear Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Throwing : Hard-paste porcelain with an underglaze powder-blue ground, famille verte enamels, and gilding
Glazing (coating)

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.4-1911
Primary reference Number: 74992
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 7 February 2019 Last processed: Wednesday 13 December 2023

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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