A cloisonné enamel dish

A cloisonné enamel dish


Ming dynasty
Diameter: 7 7/8 in, 20 cm

Supported on a broad metal foot and with a metal-bound rim. The dish is decorated in coloured enamels on a turquoise ground with a medallion of an egret in a lotus pond to the well, and with lotus scroll to the interior and exterior sides, and to the base.

Formerly in a European private collection.

The egret and lotus represent the rebus Yilu lianke (May you pass your exams one after another).

For dishes with related decoration, see Avitabile, Die Ware aus dem Teufelsland: Chinesische und japanische Cloisonné- und Champlevé-Arbeiten von 1400 bis 1900, no. 8, pp. 46–7; Brinker and Lutz, Chinese Cloisonné: The Pierre Uldry Collection, nos. 49 and 51; Brown, Chinese Cloisonné: The Clague Collection, pl. 13, pp. 42–3; and Garner, Chinese and Japanese Cloisonné Enamels, pl. 36.