Dish with peaches and bats


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221

The use of gold nanoparticles to create a pink color was a chemical process introduced to Guangzhou artisans by Europeans in the early eighteenth century. By 1716, skilled enamelers were requisitioned to work at the imperial workshops, where this new color was deployed onto ceramic and metal surfaces for courtly consumption. In a technique more usual for glaze application, the enameler has sprayed this pink enamel to create a naturalistic sense of ripening peaches.

Dish with peaches and bats, Porcelain painted in overglaze polychrome enamels (Jingdezhen ware), China

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