On View: Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
Porcelain plates of this size are very rare and were typically made for the imperial court. Fired three times, this one was painted using the doucai technique (literally, “colors that fit together” or “joined colors”). In the first firing, the underglaze blue outlining the design was fired at a high temperature; for the second firing, the rest of the design was added with overglaze enamels of different colors, except red; the third firing was for the red enamel, which needs a lower temperature. This plate was created in the imperial ceramic workshop at the Jingdezhen kiln, with specialists painting each motif. In the center a five-clawed dragon and phoenix, symbolizing the emperor and empress, are depicted in swirling clouds on either side of a flaming jewel.
Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration
3 1/4 × 18 in. (8.3 × 45.7 cm)
mount (dimensions as installed): 17 3/4 × 17 3/4 × 4 in. (45.1 × 45.1 × 10.2 cm) (show scale)
Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
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Plate, 1723-1735. Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration, 3 1/4 × 18 in. (8.3 × 45.7 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam, 32.931a. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: , 32.931a_edited_PS11.jpg)
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