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Object description

  • Chinese artist
  • Dish, 17th century
  • Porcelain
  • China
  • H: 3 5/8 in, dia.: 15 in (H: 9.2 cm, dia.: 38.1 cm)
  • Museum purchase, 2006
  • AE86550


Chinese porcelain decorated in overglaze iron-red, green, turquoise blue and black enamels. 2 crouching figures, dragon and tiger. A large, heavily potted dish with shallow rounded sides, a broad flat rim with an up-turned edge, and low, slanting foot ring. It is painted in iron-red, turquoise blue and green enamels, combined with outlines in black, on a thick, white glaze. The central medallion is decorated with two crouching figures, one holding two rings, and the other a disc that receives the fire from a dragon, together with a tiger among cloud scrolls, all painted in fine black outline filled with broad brushstrokes of turquoise blue or green enamel and red highlights, all enclosed within double red lines. The cavetto is decorated with two four-clawed sinuous dragons with scaly bodies and flaming tails pursuing flaming pearls among islands with pagodas and mountain peaks, lotus flowers, flames, ruyi clouds, and scattered red dots, below a narrow and dense geometrical border of swirls and radiating parallel lines, framed at either side by red lines. The dragons and pagodas are painted in fine black outline filled with broad brushstrokes of turquoise blue, the foliage and flame scrolls similarly outlined in black and filled with green enamel, and the flowers, mountains, flaming pearls, flames, dots, and swirl-scroll border are painted with broad brush-strokes of red enamel. The underside is covered with a thick white glaze. It is simply decorated with two lines painted in broad brushstrokes of red enamel. The recessed base, fired dark reddish-brown, is marked by concentric grooves and is almost completely covered with irregular splashes of thick white glaze. Dark, coarse sand from the kiln adheres to the low, slanting foot ring and an area of the base. The rim has been repaired with lacquer and gold.