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Famille Rose dish with chrysanthemums and butterflies
1999.448
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This dish is a masterpiece as it hails from the reign of YongzhengKangxi period (1662-1722) in China. However, the technique was only perfected during the next emperor Yongzheng's reign. The high quality of famille rose porcelains produced was a result of the energetic supervision by the younger brother of Emperor Yongzheng, but more importantly, the emperor’s love and patronage of ceramics. Other contributing factors to the high quality of famille rose porcelain included the technological achievements of the potters in the imperial workshops and the technological exchanges between the Jesuit missionaries and the imperial court. The most recent view about the origin of the pink enamel is that it might have been inspired by the West, even though the actual process was different from the European techniques. Recent tests undertaken at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London have revealed that the 18th century Chinese pink enamels had used ruby glass as its base and that these also contained gold and lead. The dish is clearly a masterpiece of its time, as it was a product of technological achievement, as well as technological exchanges that stemmed from the interaction between the imperial workshops and the Jesuit missionaries.

History of the Object
The base of this dish has a six character reign mark that reads ‘Da Qing Yongzheng Nianzhi’, or ‘Made during the reign of Yongzheng’ and was made for the Qing imperial court.

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Type
Decorative Art 
Materials
Porcelain 
Measurements
H: 8.8cm x Diam 50cm 
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Made during the reign of Yongzheng 
Where it was made
China; Jiangxi Province; Jingdezhen Kilns 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 18th century ~ AD 18th century 
Creation date
18th Century; Qing Dynasty, Yongzheng period (1723-1735) 
Function
Decorative 
Acquisition
This dish was a gift by Mr. Saiman Ernawan to the museum in 1999. Mr Ernawan is a collector of Chinese Ming and Qing ceramics, and has been a generous supporter of the museum's ceramics collection. 
Copyright
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 
Acknowledgements
Wong Hwei Lian 
Owner
Asian Civilisations Museum, Singapore 
Museum
Asian Civilisations Museum 
Credit line
Gift of Mr. Saiman Ernawan 

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