This white-ground large bowl belongs to a Nonyaware dinner service. The decoration of 'famille rose' enamel pattern with the mythical phoenix amongst peony flowers, surrounded by the Eight Buddhist Emblems, was a popular design. A Peranakan dinner service can total many hundreds of pieces, with about eight different types of vessel shapes and sizes, including dessert ware. Large quantities of this kind of porcelain were made for export to Southeast Asia. Most of the pieces in this group are stamped on the base with a shop mark (Wang Sheng Shu) which could be the name of the company that made or exported the wares. Only the wealthiest Peranakan families could afford to place orders for large sets of matching porcelain for celebratory feasts. These impressive displays were laid out on the ‘tok panjang’ (literally ‘long table’) that was the formal dining table for special occasions.

Date/Period
Early 20th century
Region
China
Dimension
Gross measurement: Dia: 15.8 x H: 7.0cm
Accession No.
2008-07580
Material
Nil
Collection of
Peranakan Museum
Credit Line
Acquired with funds from Friends of ACM through Gala Dinner 2009
Category
Ceramics