Large porcelain fish tank depicting the making of porcelain

The multiple stages of porcelain production are depicted around the sides of this large porcelain bowl. From preparing the clay, to glazing and painting the vessels, then firing in the kiln, the scenes are a detailed and rare documentation of the process of porcelain making. Tools and instruments are also clearly depicted. The only other fish tank of this size and design is in the Gemeentemuseum, The Hague. The scenes on the bowl might be based a manuscript called The Order of Porcelain-making (Twenty Illustrations of the Manufacture of Porcelain) written by Tang Ying (1682–1756), who was superintendent of the Imperial porcelain works at Jingdezhen, China.

Qing dynasty, mid-18th century
China, made for Europe
Object size: Diameter 41.5 x 65 x 59.2 cm
Accession No.
porcelain enamel
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum