Dish with Gardenia, Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamel over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware), China

Dish with Gardenia

Period:
Ming dynasty (1368–1644)
Date:
late 16th century
Culture:
China
Medium:
Porcelain painted with cobalt blue under and colored enamel over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Dimensions:
Diam. 10 1/4 in. (26 cm)
Classification:
Ceramics
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, 1919
Accession Number:
19.28.10
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 204
Pomegranate, persimmon, grapes, and lotus surround the gardenia in the center of this dish. All of the flowers are auspicious: the gardenia symbolizes honor and happiness because its Chinese name, furong, is a homonym for these virtues.
Marking: Hongxi mark and period
Rufus E. Moore , until d. 1918 (his estate sale, American Art Association, New York, January 27–February 3, 1919, to MMA)