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Porcelain rectangular jar with thickened mouth rim. There is a different landscape scene on each side in Wucai style underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, and black enamels. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 148 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationXuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Xuande reign
Inscription CommentFour character Xuande mark in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Chongzhen 1628-44Room 95 label text:
Square pot with landscape scenes
This pot was made with a central join which is clearly visible. The sides are painted in Ming wucai style with underglaze cobalt-blue Tai Hu-style rocks, positioned to the right of each of the four sides and enamels. Surrounding the rocks are four different plants together with birds on two sides. These are all enamelled in a subdued palette of green, black, red and yellow enamels. These follow the manner of small format or fan paintings which were popular among the literati in the seventeenth century. There is an apocryphal four character Xuande mark in underglaze blue on the base.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze red, green and black enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period, AD 1628–1644
R.L Hobson, 1934 records: 'In the Franks Collection, British Museum (Catalogue, p.204, No. 1481), there is an incense-vase made out of the lower part of a similar jar with the addition of a Japanese bronze cover.'
Rectangular porcelain jar with thickened mouth rim. Wucai style decoration with different landscape scenes on each side in underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, and black enamels. Mark on base in underglaze blue.
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Object reference number: RRC39038
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