- Provenance research underway.
Dish with flattened rim. Blue-and-white.
Clay: fine white porcelain.
Glaze: transparent and colorless
Decoration: in underglaze blue, a mandarin fish among water weeds in center; lotus scroll in and outside cavetto; wave pattern on rim. Unglazed base.
(L.A. Cort, November 1991) In decoration "large" is changed to "mandarin" in describing the fish.
(Jan Stuart, 6/3/2020) I added "colorless" to the glaze description and added "Foot: unglazed."
A mandarin fish, identified by its spiny fin and protruding jaw, swims through a dense growth of eelgrass, duckweed and clover fern. A lotus scroll twines endlessly in the well, and a diaper pattern border the flat rim. The division of the surface into concentric bands of disparate patterns reflects the decoration on Islamic metalwares.
- Published References
- Maris Boyd Gillette. China's Porcelain Capital: The Rise, Fall and Reinvention of Ceramics in Jingdezhen. London. Plate 2.
- William Watson. The Art of Dynastic China. New York, 1981. cat. 663.
- Oriental Ceramics: The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. vol. 10, pl. 28.
- Margaret Medley. The Chinese Potter: A Practical History of Chinese Ceramics. Oxford. fig. 133.
- Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 23, p. 32.
- Audrey McBain. Ming Blue and White Export Wares., November-December, 1982. p. 57.
- Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 71.
- The Editors of Time-Life Books. China. Library of Nations Amsterdam. pp. 82-83.
- Art of Asia Recently Acquired by American Museums, 1971
. vol. 26 New York and Honolulu, 1972-1973. p. 84, fig. 22.
- Edwards Park. Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution., 1st ed. Washington and New York. p. 345.
- Collection Area(s)
- Chinese Art
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