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Shaving dish, oriental, porcelain

c.1750

China

Hard-paste porcelain

Museum number: B10

Curatorial note

This barber's basin or shaving dish is decorated in overglaze enamels. In the centre are flowers and flowering branches. Around the rim there is floral decoration each side of the neck indent and at the top a vignette showing a group of seated figures (a woman between two priests(?) with shaven heads except for a single tuft of hair on the top of the head - or perhaps this might be the top of a 'queue' or Chinese pigtail) flanked by low tables with potted plants on them.

Although this bowl is Chinese it is probably copied from examples in English deftware of the first half of the 18th century - Chinese copies of English forms were not uncommon. This one is extremely good quality.


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