Red and Green Octagonal Plate with Birds and Floral Decoration

DATE:
1700–1730
MATERIAL AND TECHNIQUE:
Porcelain
CLASSIFICATION:
Containers
DIMENSIONS:
2 × 17 3/4 × 17 3/4 in. (5.08 × 45.09 × 45.09 cm)
DEPARTMENT:
Decorative Arts and Design
LOCATION:
Wendy and Emery Reves Collection - Great Hall, Level 3
CREDIT LINE:
Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection
COPYRIGHT:
Image courtesy Dallas Museum of Art
OBJECT NUMBER:
1985.R.1085

General Description

This octagonal plate is one of three of the same pattern in the Reves Collection (see 1985.R.860 and 1985.R.1086), It is a well painted continuation of the late K'ang Hsi famille verte palette of translucent green, iron-red, and purple. The ridged border derives from a European silver dish, though the octagonal shape originated with Japanese porcelain. There are two long-tailed birds in the central scene amidst impossibly large flowers, a railing, a tree, and four iron-red long-tailed birds in the seeded green border alternating with groups of iron-red peonies. Plates such as these were probably meant for display rather than use.

Adapted from

  • Dallas Museum of Art, The Wendy and Emery Reves Collection (Dallas, Texas: Dallas Museum of Art, 1985), 188.

  • Label text, Reves Galleries, Porcelain Gallery, 2018

Web Resources

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Read more about Chinese Export Porcelain