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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.705

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1628-1644
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 148 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four character Xuande mark in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Chongzhen 1628-44Room 95 label text:

    PDF 705

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 72 and p. 314 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p.126, pl. CXXV(a) bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.21, no.705 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.43, no.132, pl. XII bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 48-49, no. 15 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc31/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    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.'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.705

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.

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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