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Condiment Service

Creation date: 19th century
Creation place: China

Other Information

Type: Cloisonne Service
Medium and Support: Enamel
Credit Line: Gift of Mrs. Harold Rhody Witherbee
Accession Number: 1973.19.1-12
State/Province: Guangdong Province
Dimensions: 7 3/8 in. x 14 5/8 in. x 14 5/8 in. (18.73 cm x 37.15 cm x 37.15 cm)
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Mrs. Harold Rhody Witherbee, Santa Monica, California ( - 1973)

San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, California (1973 - )

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Both enamel and cloisonné were techniques brought to China from Europe. Enamel, applied melted glass to a metal surface, can create various patterns and designs. This enamel condiment box with a complete set of twelve trays is decorated with many auspicious motifs symbolizing seasons and abundance. The twelve trays are decorated with the character meaning ‘longevity,’ suggesting the month of year and cycle of life. It is likely that this object was used for celebrating the birthdays of elders of the family and entertaining guests with treats.

Last Updated: 4/6/2018


This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Art of East Asia: China The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/24/2013 - 00/00/00

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