Dish with a design of dragons and waves

Jingdezhen ware



Artist Jingdezhen ware
Period China, Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-35)
Materials and techniques Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze red enamel
Size H.8.6 MD.47.2 BD.28.5


Illustrated is a large dish with a glossy white porcelain body against which red enamel and the pure tones of the underglaze blue in dark and light hues create a beautiful harmony. It is decorated on the interior with clouds and waves in underglaze blue and dragons in overglaze red, and likewise on the exterior with clouds and dragons. Compared to the products of the Ming dynasty, design and coloring are more delicate and sophisticated. The elegant dish is a beautiful example displaying the characteristic features of the imperial wares of the Yongzheng period (1723–35).