Porcelain dish with flared sides and slightly everted rim. There is a full-faced dragon among lotus scrolls in underglaze blue on a yellow enamel ground in the centre of the interior, and a similar design on the exterior.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Diameter: 794 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
Gigantic dish with dragons among lotus scrolls
Technically, potters found this dish extremely difficult to produce without warping in the kiln. It is 126 cm in diameter. The dish had two firings once for the underglaze blue dragons and lotus scroll and once for the lower fired yellow glaze. Very few examples survive today. Unusually this has no reign mark.
Porcelain decorated in underglaze cobalt blue and yellow glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Jiajing period, AD 1522–1566
20 March 2009
Reason for treatment
Remove overpaint, discuss
Heavy surface durt. Slightly oily/waxy coating in appearance on surface. Old restorations, slightly discoloured and flaking. Old retouching covers original surface.
Surface cleaned using de-ionised water and a few drops of Synperonic A7 (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate), using cotton wool swabs. After cleaning, surface rinsed with distilled water on cotton wool swabs or a Kleenex tissue. Surface wiped with a dry Kleenex tissue to remove any remaining distilled water. Removed oily residue from surface with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) applied on cotton wool swabs. polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth grade 6000. Removed discoloured retouching from original surface with Acetone applied on cotton wool swabs. Retouched old fills with Golden acrylic paints. Allowed to dry before polishing with Micromesh cloth grades 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. Lightly surface cleaned with de-ionised water and dried with a paper towel. Only worked on front of the dish.
Porcelain dish with flared sides and slightly everted rim. Underglaze blue on a yellow enamel ground. Full-faced dragon among lotus scrolls on inside centre, similar design on exterior. Mark in underglaze blue on exterior, below the rim.
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Object reference number: RRC39063
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