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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.691

  • Description

    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

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 117 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        apocryphal
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing late 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 691

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.32, no.691 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.50, no.691, colour p.45 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.691

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.

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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