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Blue-and-white dish with floral decoration

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porcelain, underglaze painting

  • porcelain

    Ceramic material composed of kaolin, quartz, and feldspar which is fired to a temperature of c.1350-1400⁰c. The resulting ceramic is vitreous, translucent, and white in colour.

  • underglaze painting

    Painting applied to ceramic material before a transparent, or monochrome or coloured glaze for Islamic objects, is applied. The technique was initially developed in China.


    • Second floor | Room 38 | China from 800

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  • The Barlow Collection by the University of Sussex

    The Barlow Collection

    The dish has deep rounded sides and an everted rim, both shaped in twelve bracket foliations, the centre of matching barbed outline, the circular foot of V-shaped section. The dish is painted in a bright purplish cobalt-blue with a composite flower scroll in the centre with a peony surrounded by hibiscus, lotus, camellia and another flower, each with matching leaves. Twelve flower sprays are depicted each around the inner and outer sides, showing morning glory, lotus, peony, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, and hibiscus, each repeated twice. A lingzhi scroll decorates the rim inside, while the outer rim is plain except for blue outlines. The footring and base are left unglazed and have fired an uneven bright orange colour.

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