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Porcelain globular tankard with tall straight neck. There are scrolling lotus flowers in underglaze cobalt blue around the body, a band of squared spirals at the shoulder, and lappets and stylised leaves on the neck. There is a mark on the shoulder.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 142 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark on the shoulders
Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:
Tankard with carnation scroll
Potters at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen made such tankards in the Yongle and Xuande reigns. The form is found in Middle Eastern jade, glass and metalwork. A twelfth to thirteenth century Syrian glass tankard is on display in Gallery 34. The ridging around the neck may suggest it is imitating a tankard made of sheet metal, possibly silver in which the shape would be strengthened by such a thickened section. Those tankards made in the Xuande era are often inscribed, as is the case here, with a six-character reign mark. Craftsmen fashioned Xuande tankards in slightly different forms from those made earlier in the Yongle era. They tend to have wider bases and often have finger grips on the handle. Some were also made with domed covers.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'See "Chinese Ceramics in Private Collections", fig.304.'
Globular porcelain tankard with tall straight neck, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Scrolling lotus flowers around the body, beneath a band of squared spirals at the shoulder; lappets and stylised leaves on the neck. Mark on shoulder.
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Object reference number: RRC39021
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