Hard-paste porcelain painted with colored enamels over transparent glaze and gilded (Jingdezhen ware)
Diameter: 12 in. (30.5 cm)
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The extensive use of gilding and the dark blue and red enamels illustrate the Chinese adoption of the Japanese Imari style. This style became popular in Europe in the mid-seventeenth century, when warfare in China disrupted the kilns at Jingdezhen. Once work there resumed, Chinese potters incorporated the Imari style in their repertory in order to appeal to the lucrative European market.