Unknown authorLast quarter of the 16 century

MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art

MNAA National Museum of Ancient Art
Lisbon, Portugal

The Portuguese overseas voyages have encouraged European orders for China's famous porcelain. This dish – in fine white porcelain decorated in various shades of blue (from strong blue to grayish blue) – is a good example of the Portuguese commissions. In it, the Chinese decorative elements were replaced by the coat of arms of the Albuquerque family. It has been assumed that Matias de Albuquerque, captain of Malacca and Hormuz (1584-1587) and viceroy of India (1591-1597), commissioned this plate. Recently, fragments of porcelain with similar characteristics have been found in archaeological excavations in Hormuz (Iran).

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  • Title: Dish
  • Creator: Unknown author
  • Date Created: Last quarter of the 16 century
  • Location Created: Jingdezhen, Jiangxi Province, Ming Dinasty, Wanli period (1573-1619)
  • Physical Dimensions: 5 cm; Ø 26.3 cm; Ø foot 16 cm
  • Type: Ceramics
  • Rights: MNAA Museu Nacional de Arte Antiga, inv. 5489 Cer
  • Medium: White porcelain decorated in cobalt blue under glazing