GRAPE DISH, CHINA, MING DYNASTY, YONGLE PERIOD (1403-1424). PORCELAIN, BLUE AND WHITE UNDERGLAZE, DIA. 45.0 CM, HT 6.5 CM. COLLECTION UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND, GIFT OF DR NAT YUEN THROUGH THE AUSTRALIAN GOVERNMENT’S CULTURAL GIFTS PROGRAM, 2005. PHOTO CARL WARNER – TAASA Review December 2011
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This article was originally found in the December 2011 edition of TAASA Review (Volume 20, Issue 4, Page 58).
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An exemplary Chinese collection of some 86 pieces was gifted to the University of Queensland by former student Dr Natalis (Nat) Yuen between 1995 and 2006.
Spanning more than 4500 years, the collection comprises Neolithic and Han Dynasty pottery, Warring States and Han Dynasty bronzeware, Tang Dynasty figures, Song Dynasty bowls, Longquan celadon and Ming to middle Qing Dynasty porcelain.
The `grape dish’, a prized piece among the collection, exemplifies one of the most significant and formative periods in porcelain production: it embodies the fine craftsmanship and sophisticated taste of the Yongle Emperor, who left a great legacy of cultural patronage...