Requires Photography

Platter

Chinese for export
Qianlong
about 1770-90


Dimensions

Height x width: 2.9 × 36.2 × 27.9 cm (1 1/8 × 14 1/4 × 11 in.)

Accession Number

2016.568

Medium or Technique

Porcelain with underglaze blue

Not On View

Classifications

Porcelain

Octagonal serving platter, possibly from a unique dinner service. The center is painted with a view of Guangzhou (Canton) and the distant White Cloud mountains. Beyond the crenellated walls at the edge of the Pearl River are the Flowery Pagoda, the Mohammedan or Plain Tower, and the Watchtower, or Pavilion Overlooking the Sea.

Inscription

Two paper labels affixed to the underside:
"Polly Latham Asian Art" and "William and Gretchen Viall Collection"

Markings

unmarked

Provenance

May 31, 2000, sold by Polly Latham Asian Art, Boston, to Gretchen E. Viall (d. 2016), Providence, RI; 2016, by inheritance to her son, William A. Viall III, Providence; 2016, gift of William A. Viall to the MFA. (Accession Date: November 9, 2016)

Credit Line

Gift of Mr. William A. Viall III in memory of Gretchen E. Viall