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garden-seat

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.714

  • Description

    Porcelain garden seat of drum shape. There are two pairs of Buddhist lions playing with brocaded balls in fahua style with yellow, aubergine and turquoise on-biscuit enamels in the central band .

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1488-1505
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 416 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Hongzhi 1488-1505Room 95 label text:

    PDF 714

    Drum-shaped garden seat with lions playing with balls


    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: turquoise, ink-blue, amber yellow, aubergine purple, emerald green and white. 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 and yellow on-biscuit glazes, with green-glazed interior
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1488–1505

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p. 87, no. 87 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.18, no.22, pl.III bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.25, no.32 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 23-24, no.714 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case28/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: H. J. Oppenheim Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.714

Porcelain garden seat of drum shape decorated in fahua style with enamels applied directly to the biscuit. Two pairs of Buddhist lions playing with brocaded balls in central band in yellow, aubergine and turquoise enamels

Porcelain garden seat of drum shape decorated in fahua style with enamels applied directly to the biscuit. Two pairs of Buddhist lions playing with brocaded balls in central band in yellow, aubergine and turquoise enamels

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