Vietnamese Swatow type dish

Vietnamese Swatow type dish



A stoneware dish decorated in underglaze blue with floral motifs and a bird.
This dish is an example of a group of wares produced in Vietnam in the 17th century in response to the commercial success of the Swatow wares of Fujian province, China. The creamy colour is typical of Vietnamese ceramics of the period and the down-turned rim and unglazed central ring are typical features of this type. It is documented that the Dutch were trading with the Vietnamese from Tonkin and exporting these wares to Indonesia at this period.

Condition: cracks and chip, some glaze loss.

Vietnam, mid 17th century.

Reference; for similar examples, see Barbara Harrison,
Swatow in het Princessenhof, Leeuwarden, 1979, pages 122-126.


Diameter 34 cm / 13 12"