Chinese collection

Item LL 31
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Accession no: LL 31
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Dish
Materials: Porcelain with overglaze enamel decoration in famille noire style
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1722 AD)
Measurements: H. 6.3 cm, D. 36 cm

Description: Dish, saucer-shaped, painted in famille verte enamels on the biscuit in a ground of composite black. Inside, two five-clawed dragons disputing a pearl in clouds and flames. On the sides, flowering plants - lotus, peony, chrysanthemum, peach, prunus, and pomegranate. Border of key fret pattern. On the outside, four dragons pursuing pearl. Mark of the Chenghua period (1465-1487 AD) in four characters, reserved in white in a black medallion, and enclosed by archaic dragons and clouds in green and yellow; but the dish is of Kangxi date (1662-1722 AD).

Provenance
Richard Bennett collection; his sale, 1911, purchased by Edgar Gorer for Lever; by whom gifted to the Lady Lever Art Gallery, 1922.

Exhibited
The Arts of the Ch'ing Dynasty, organised by The Arts Council of Great Britain and the Oriental Ceramic Society, 26 May - 2 July 1964, London: The Arts Council Gallery.

Literature
E. Gorer, Catalogue of the Collection of Old Chinese Porcelains formed by Richard Bennett, Esq. Thornby Hall, Northampton, London, 1911, p. 67, No. 338. R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 385. Arts Council Catalogue, 1964, No. 154.