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Height 71 mm (2.80 inch), diameter 360 mm (14.17 inch), diameter of footring 210 mm (8.27 inch)
Dish on footring, spreading sides, narrow flat rim with raised edge. Decorated in a strong underglaze blue with a large peony flower with leaves. The sides with peony and leafy scrolls. On the rim a 'classic' scroll motif. The edge unglazed. The reverse is undecorated, the base with a dark-brown iron-oxide wash.
Vietnamese stone wares and porcelains were an important trade item in the 15th and 16th centuries throughout S.E. Asia. Jars, bowls, architectural elements, figures and in particular large, sturdy porcelain dishes were part of the varied output of the many kilns in northern Vietnam. Competition with Chinese ceramics is evident - even on the markets of the Middle East - but at the same time the Vietnamese wares have their own identity and charm. The decorations are painted in an easy way, with quick strokes of the brush, without becoming coarse; the blue usually shows darker and lighter shades. Motives include peonies and lotus, birds, fishes and mythical animals like dragons. The chocolate-brown base is a characteristic that only is found on Vietnamese wares; its function is not clear yet.
For similarly decorated dishes see;
- Porcelain and the Dutch East India Company, as recorded in the Dagh-registers of Batavia castle, those of Hirado and Deshima and other contemporary papers 1602-1682, (T. Volker, Rijksmuseum voor Volkenkunde, E.J. Brill, Leiden 1954, reprint 1971), Pl. XXXI, cat. 52a & 52b.
- Vietnamese Ceramics. Catalogue of the exhibition organized by the Southeast, Asian Ceramic Society and held at the National Museum, Singapore in June 1982, (C.M. Young, ed., M.-F. Dupoizat, and E. W. Lane, Oxford University Press / Southeast Asian Ceramic Society, Tanglin, Singapore, 1982), cat. 192.
- Vietnamese Ceramics. A Separate Tradition, (J. Stevenson & John Guy, Art Media Resources with Avery Press, Chicago, 1997), p.155, fig. 3; cat. nos 239, 272.
- Keramiek uit Vietnam / Ceramics from Vietnam (S. Borstlap, Museum het Princessehof Nederlands Keramiek Museum, Leeuwarden, 1993), pp.30-31, cat. 25.
Condition: A firing flaw and a P-shaped hairline to the rim.