China, Jingdezhen, 1723-35
Porcelain, diameter 49.5cm, height 9 cm
(made in the Yongzheng reign)
Gift of Mr Saiman Ernawan
Chrysanthemums symbolise autumn. The painter of this superb dish used soft, delicate brushstrokes inspired by the naturalistic style of Yun Shouping (1633-1690), a specialist in painting birds and flowers. Called fencai (soft colours), this palette became the defining porcelain style of the Yongzheng Emperor.
The variety of materials used for making coloured enamels expanded at this time, with Jingdezhen potters making their own ingredients through experimentation, as well as learning from European glass and metal enamelling techniques. These colours allowed artists to create a variety of designs on fine white porcelain.