Dish with peonies and dragonfly


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 221

The creation in the late seventeenth century of a range of opaque overglaze enamel colors was one of the most important technological developments in the Chinese porcelain industry. The delicate pink enamel of the blossoms on this dish first appeared in the early eighteenth century during the reign of the Yongzheng Emperor (r. 1723–35) and continued to be used during that of the Qianlong Emperor.

Dish with peonies and dragonfly, Porcelain painted in overglaze polychrome enamels, China

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