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Dish: C.9-1978

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Current Location: In storage


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Dish. Hard-paste porcelain painted in iron-red, two greens, turquoise, yellow, aubergine, blue and black enhanced with gilding with a scene from the 'THree Kingdoms'.

Dish. Hard-paste porcelain painted in a bright enamel palette of iron-red, two greens, turquoise, yellow, aubergine, blue and black enhanced with gilding. The shallow rounded sides spring from a low tapered foot and rise to a broad everted rim. The interior has a scene from the 'Three Kingdoms' depicting a Mandarin, seated, playing the qin and flanked by attendants on a balcony set above the gates of a city. The name of the city xi cheng (Western City) is written above the archway and a large iron-red flag emblazoned dashu (Great Kingdom) is fluttering to one side. There are two boys sweeping beneath the gate and a group of three warriors on horseback outside the city walls gazing back at the Mandarin, accompanied by two attendants on foot waving banners, one with the Eight Trigrams. The rim has a brocade-diaper border reserved with six landscape vignettes.


History note: Ex Audley End, possibly ex Royal Collection (Queen Mary II)

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 37 cm
Height: 5.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1978) by Smith, Sydney, Dr


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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( iron-red, two greens, turquoise, yellow, aubergine, blue and black) gold

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

Identification numbers

Accession number: C.9-1978
Primary reference Number: 76377
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Thursday 11 August 2016 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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