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Dish with flowers and birds

Date:
18th century
Culture:
Chinese with Dutch decoration
Medium:
Hard-paste porcelain (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
Diameter: 8 5/16 in. (21.1 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics-Porcelain-Export
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.94
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
A Japanese Kakiemon-style bird-and-flower painting has been used here by a Dutch painter to decorate a Chinese porcelain blank. The grouping of a pair of magpies, plum blossoms, and bamboo is a traditional Chinese image, which forms the rebus "the couple delights in double happiness" (zhumei shuangxi).
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)
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