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Plate

Asian Art

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.
MEDIUM Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration
  • Place Made: China
  • DATES 1723-1735
    DYNASTY Qing Dynasty
    PERIOD Yongzheng Period
    DIMENSIONS 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)
    COLLECTIONS Asian Art
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is on view in Asian Galleries, West, 2nd floor (China)
    EXHIBITIONS
    ACCESSION NUMBER 32.931a
    CREDIT LINE Gift of the executors of the Estate of Colonel Michael Friedsam
    RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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    CAPTION 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_PS11.jpg)
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     <em>Plate</em>, 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_PS11.jpg)