An image of Monteith

Unknown Artist

Monteith

Other titles:
Monteith bowl
Location
Upper Asian gallery
Further information

This unusually shaped bowl illustrates the use of Western shapes, often in silver or pewter, as models for new Chinese ceramic forms. The monteith, named after a Scot, whose cloak's hem was notched in the same way as the rim of this bowl, was designed to chill wine glasses which could be suspended in water. Wooden models were often used to show unfamiliar European shapes to Chinese potters on the other side of the world. The monteith first appeared in silver, but then appeared in Dutch delftware as well as Chinese porcelain.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.139.

Place of origin
China
Period
China: Qing dynasty 1644–1911, Kangxi 1662–1722
Year
circa 1710-1720
Media
Ceramic
Medium
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Dimensions
15.6 x 32.9 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Mrs Margaret Strutt-Davies 1984
Accession number
251.1984