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Birthday Plate: OC.11-1936

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Current Location: Gallery 28 - Arts of Asia Gallery


Birthday Plate


Factory: Unknown




Hard-paste porcelain painted in iron-red, aubergine and three green enamels of soft washed tones with a bird perched on the branch of a peach tree.

Hard-paste porcelain painted in iron-red, aubergine and three green enamels of soft washed tones. The small dish has shallow rounded sides springing from a low slightly tapered foot and rising to a narrow flattened rim. The interior well is painted with a naturalistic design of a bird perched on the slender branch of a fruiting peach tree. The rim is encircled with a cell-diaper band in pale iron-red reserved with four cartouches enclosing the characters 'wan shou wu qiang' - 'A myriad longevities without end', the imperial birthday greeting - interspersed with pairs of flowrheads.


History note: Unknown before testator

Legal notes

Reginald R. Cory Bequest

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 14.3 cm
Height: 2.4 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Bequeathed (1936) by Cory, Reginald R.


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

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( iron-red, aubergine and three green)

Materials used in production

Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: OC.11-1936
Primary reference Number: 77522
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Friday 3 March 2023 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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