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  • Museum number

    PDF.685

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with flat mouth rim. There is a band of waves in underglaze cobalt blue on the rim, scrolling flowers and leaves in the cavetto and three bunches of grapes, vines and leaves in the centre.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 72 millimetres
    • Diameter: 375 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 685

    Large serving dish with flowers and grapes


    Potters working at Jingdezhen used a blue-generating cobalt pigment imported from the Middle East or Central Asia at this time. It diffuses in patches through the transparent glaze and after cooling appears black where it has burnt through the glaze and pale blue where it is thin. Serving dishes of this type were exported to Southeast Asia, India and the Middle East. These dishes were more suited to foreign dining than Chinese cuisine, which requires a variety of smaller bowls and containers. This example is decorated with a grapevine design in the centre.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle reign, AD1403–1424

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 74 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.31, no.685 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.49, no.685 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case17/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.685

Porcelain dish with flat mouth rim decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Band of waves on the rim, scrolling flowers and leaves in the cavetto and three bunches of grapes, vines and leaves in the centre.

Porcelain dish with flat mouth rim decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Band of waves on the rim, scrolling flowers and leaves in the cavetto and three bunches of grapes, vines and leaves in the centre.

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