The blurred lines of the cobalt decoration on this small tureen are a sign of low-grade materials and less skilled workmanship. Porcelains of this inferior quality would not have been acceptable to an elite Chinese audience, but they were exported in very large numbers to Europe. Their port of departure, Nanking, gave its name to these wares, but they were likely made at the porcelain kilns of Jingdezhen.
Nankeen ware porcelain
late 18th century
Assembled: 6 11/16 x 8 9/16 x 6 5/16 in. (17 x 21.7 x 16 cm)
Platter only (a): 7/8 x 8 9/16 x 6 5/16 in. (2.3 x 21.7 x 16 cm)
Tureen only (b): 3 7/8 x 7 11/16 x 4 15/16 in. (9.8 x 19.5 x 12.5 cm)
Lid only (c): 2 15/16 x 6 1/8 x 4 1/2 in. (7.5 x 15.5 x 11.5 cm) (show scale)
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Gift of Sarah D. Gardiner
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Lowestoft Porcelain Factory. Sauce Dish, late 18th century. Nankeen ware porcelain, Assembled: 6 11/16 x 8 9/16 x 6 5/16 in. (17 x 21.7 x 16 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of Sarah D. Gardiner, 44.139.5a-c. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, CUR.44.139.5a_top.jpg)
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