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Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and flaring rim. The bowl has a copper-bound mouthrim. There are four fish in underglaze copper red, with four aquatic plants in underglaze cobalt blue in the cavetto, and stylised flower head in underglaze cobalt blue in the centre. There is a mark on the base
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 38 millimetres
- Diameter: 117 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Xuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
Published PDF date : Qing late 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Bowl with copper-red fish and cobalt-blue aquatic plants
Inside this bowl is painted with underglaze copper-red fish and with underglaze blue flowers and aquatic plants. The base has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue Xuande reign mark. The rim is bound with copper. Chinese people regard paired fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red decoration and copper-rim
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900
Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and flaring copper-bound mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue and copper red. Four red fish with four aquatic plants in the cavetto, stylised flower head in centre. Mark on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39024
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