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  • Place of origin:

    Guangzhou (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Painted enamels on a copper body

  • Credit Line:

    Purchased, price for a pair: 2417&2416A-1876

  • 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

    Spoon decorated with polychrome painted enamels. The interior of the spoon is painted with turquoise enamel. The exterior sides and handle of the spoon are deocrated with scrolling floral motifs against a turquoise and yellow ground.

  • Dimensions

    Length: 4.125 in

  • Descriptive line

    Spoon, painted enamels on copper, Guangzhou, China, 1800-1830

  • Collection code

    East Asia Collection