Dish with Peaches and Bats

A work made of porcelain painted with overglaze famille rose enamels.
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  • A work made of porcelain painted with overglaze famille rose enamels.

Date:

Qing dynasty (1644–1911), Yongzheng reign mark and period (1723–1735)

Artist:

China

About this artwork

Chinese porcelains known in the West by the French term famille rose (pink family) are distinguished by pastel shades of overglaze enamel, primarily pink derived from colloidal gold—tiny fragments of crushed gold dissolved in translucent enamel. Previously unknown in China, such delicately colored mineral pigments were partly inspired by the art of painted enamel on copper that was introduced to the Chinese court by northern European Jesuit missionaries in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Masterfully created and applied by potters and painters at the imperial workshops, these subtle tones were termed "powdered colors”, “soft colors,” and “foreign colors.” by their court patrons.

These graceful branches of fruiting peaches and plum blossoms, juxtaposed with five red bats (two of which are under the rim), carry subtly auspicious messages. Peaches connote longevity; the five bats are a rebus, or pictorial pun, for five blessings: longevity, health, wealth, virtue, and natural death.

On View

Asian Art, Gallery 134

Title

Dish with Peaches and Bats

Origin

China

Date

1723–1735

Medium

Porcelain painted with overglaze famille rose enamels

Dimensions

H. 4.1 cm (1 5/8 in.); diam. 20.8 cm (8 3/16 in.)

Credit Line

Bequest of Henry C. Schwab

Reference Number

1941.760

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