Porcelain garden seat of drum shape decorated in fahua style with overglaze yellow, purple, green and blue enamels applied directly to the biscuit. Medallion with lotus rosette on top, lotus scrolls around central band with a row of yellow bosses above and below, and two lion masks in high relief for handles.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 384 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming Hongzhi 1488-1505Room 95 label text:
Drum-shaped garden seat with lotus scroll
Collectors coined the term 法華 or 琺華(Fahua ) in the 1920s. It refers to a decorative palette and style of ornament rather than to a kiln site. Rather like cloisonné decorated objects with boundaries of metal wires, fahua wares are decorated with designs generally outlined with trailed clay paste lines but sometimes with incised lines. These designs are filled in with bright overglaze colours. Chemically fahua glazes are of an alkaline type more commonly used in Middle Eastern ceramics. Two types were made: low-fired fahua stonewares in Northern China and high-fired fahua porcelains in Southern China.
Porcelain with fahua decoration with blue, turquoise, green and yellow on-biscuit glazes, with green-glazed interior
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, about AD 1488–1505
PDF card: Acquired before 1934.
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Object reference number: RRC39053
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