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  • Place of origin:

    Guangzhou (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted polychrome enamels on a copper body.

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  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    Painted enamels of this kind were commonly known in English as 'Canton enamel', after the main centre of their production in South China. They were popular export products in the 18th and 19th centuries. These copper wares were also produced in Beijing for imperial consumption. In Chinese they were referred to as 'foreign porcelain' (yangci 洋瓷).

  • Physical description

    Copper dish with painted polychrome enamel decoration on both sides. The centre of the face of the dish is decorated three immortal women carrying flowers crossing the sea. The immortal in the upper right stands on a tree branch, the immortals at the centre and lower right stands on the back of a dragon chasing a flaming pearl. A phoenix also stands one legged on the dragon's back. The scene is contained within a six-lobed cartouche. The border of the face of the dish is decorated with six cartouches containing birds, butterflies, trees, fruits and flowers. The base is decorated with a scene of two cranes on a pine branch, framed inside the dish's short ring foot. The wall of the reverse of the dish is decorated with five landscape scenes in cartouches. The cartouches on both the face and reverse of the dish are set against a diaper pattern.

  • Dimensions

    Diameter: 45.5 cm

  • Descriptive line

    Dish, painted enamels on copper, Guangzhou, China, 18th century

  • Collection code

    East Asia Collection