A turquoise-glazed dish

Kangxi period (1662-1722)

The shallow dish with rounded sides is supported on a short foot and is covered with a translucent deep turquoise glaze. The base is left unglazed.

18.7 cm diameter


A Dutch private collection, acquired in Amsterdam in 1994

Bright turquoise blue is the only low-fired enamel known to have been used as a monochrome glaze colour on Jingdezhen porcelain in the Yuan dynasty (1279-1368), when it appeared on Cizhou type wares. During most of the Ming dynasty its status was fairly low, when it was mainly used for tilework and relatively coarse polychrome wares, while in the Qing dynasty turquoise-glazed wares of much finer quality appeared during the Kangxi period.

A pair of identical dishes from the Meiyintang collection is illustrated by Krahl, each with the unglazed base fired to a buff tone. Another pair from the Collection of Evelyn Annenberg Hall was sold at Christie’s New York.

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