Jingdezhen ware dish

Historical period(s)
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign mark and period, 1723-1735
Porcelain with celadon glaze and cobalt pigment under clear glaze
Jingdezhen ware
H x W x D: 8.5 x 47 x 47 cm (3 3/8 x 18 1/2 x 18 1/2 in)
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen, Imperial kiln
Credit Line
Anonymous gift
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Freer Gallery 13: Looking Out, Looking In: Art in Late Imperial China
Ceramic, Vessel


China, dragon, green glaze, Jingdezhen ware, lotus, porcelain, Qing dynasty (1644 - 1911), reign mark
Provenance research underway.

This large porcelain dish was made at the imperial kiln in Jingdezhen, as attested by both its quality and the reign mark written in cobalt beneath the glaze on its base. The color and texture of the celadon glaze represent a revival of Longquan-type wares. Several Qing dynasty emperors, including Yongzheng, who ruled from 1723 to 1735, ordered porcelains made in ancient styles. This was not only a statement of personal taste but also a useful political tool. The Qing emperors were Manchu conquerors who sought to proclaim the legitimacy of their rule over China by associating themselves with cultural high points of China's past. The dragonlike beast is an auspicious creature, shown here cavorting among clouds.

Published References
  • Michel Beurdeley, Guy Raindre. Qing Porcelain. New York. cat. 231.
  • Julia Murray. A Decade of Discovery: Selected Acquisitions 1970-1980. Exh. cat. Washington, 1979. cat. 31, p. 40.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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