Object photography

Click image to enlarge +

Object description

  • Chinese artist
  • Plate, about 1735
  • Ceramic, porcelain
  • China
  • H: 1 1/2 in, dia.: 11 3/8 in (H: 3.8 cm, dia.: 28.9 cm)
  • Museum purchase, 1977
  • E80305


China Trade Museum Collection


The Emperor Kangxi (1662-1722) was a passionate collector of imported European engravings and he challenged his craftsmen to replicate the black linear style of engravings onto ceramics. This palette, also inspired by traditional Chinese ink painting, is known in China as cai shui mo (decoration in ink). Plates decorated in the "ink-color" palette were particularly popular in the 1730s and 1740s and often copy scenes from European prints. However, the design on this unusual plate is derived from a traditional Chinese scroll painting of a mountainous landscape with a farmer tilling fields in the foreground and a scholar's retreat nestled into the hills in the distance.