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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.651

  • Description

    Porcelain globular jar with recessed base forming a foot ring. The jar is made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi). There are two boys, one holding a tray of cakes over his head and the other a gourd flask, depicted in a landscape of pine trees, rocks and water in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 47 millimetres
    • Diameter: 50 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        成化年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Chenghua nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Chenghua reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character archaistic Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing early 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 651

    Blue-and-white globular jar with children playing


    Chinese people regard genre scenes of children playing as auspicious, representing a wish for many sons. The base of this small globular jar has an apocryphal four-character underglaze blue Chenghua reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.24, no.651 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.32, no.651 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.651

Globular jar made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi), with recessed base forming a foot ring, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two boys, one holding a tray of cakes over his head and the other a gourd flask, depicted in a landscape of pine trees, rocks and water.  Mark on base.

Globular jar made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi), with recessed base forming a foot ring, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two boys, one holding a tray of cakes over his head and the other a gourd flask, depicted in a landscape of pine trees, rocks and water. Mark on base.

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