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  • Museum number

    PDF.648

  • Description

    Porcelain jar with domed lid with a recessed base that forms a foot ring. The jar is made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi). There is a scene in underglaze cobalt blue of fishermen and farmers with a buffalo in a landscape with pine trees, a bridge, and a pavilion on the exterior, and similar landscape decoration on the lid, which is topped with a flower-head finial. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 95 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 Chenhua reign
      • Inscription Comment

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

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 648

    Blue-and-white jar with cover


    This jar is painted in deep blue with a farmer and a fisherman with a water buffalo in a landscape. The base 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 1975 Monochrome pl. 210 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 48, no. 41 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.23, no.648, pl.II bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.32, no.648 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.648

jar with domed lid, made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi), with a recessed base that form a foot ring. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Scene of fishermen and farmers with a buffalo in a landscape with pine trees, a bridge, and a pavilion. The lid is similarly decorated, with a flower-head finial. Mark on base.

jar with domed lid, made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi), with a recessed base that form a foot ring. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Scene of fishermen and farmers with a buffalo in a landscape with pine trees, a bridge, and a pavilion. The lid is similarly decorated, with a flower-head finial. Mark on base.

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