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Porcelain bottle vase of yuhuchun form, with a pear-shaped body, narrow neck and flaring mouth rim. There is a band of lingzhi fungi in underglaze blue below the mouth rim, plantain leaves and lotus flowers in underglaze blue on the neck, and lily plants with a butterfly in underglaze blue on the body. The base is glazed.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 340 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Bottle with butterflies and daylilies
Potters painted flowering daylily plants on either side of this pear-shaped 玉壺春瓶yuhuchun ping each with a butterfly hovering above. In China, heavily-perfumed lilies traditionally symbolise harmony and unity. Their naturalistic depiction here is influenced by ink and colour small-format paintings. The design is extremely rare among surviving Chinese porcelains and very skilfully executed. Each blade-like leaf and the petal edges are outlined with a denser blue and in filled with a paler blue wash. Similarly gradations of blue are achieved in the depiction of the butterfly. This extraordinarily accomplished control of the underglaze cobalt pigment is a characteristic of the finest Yongle blue-and-white wares.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24
Porcelain bottle vase of yuhuchun form, with a pear-shaped body, narrow neck and flaring mouth rim. Decorated in underglaze blue. Band of lingzhi fungi below the mouth rim, plantain leaves and lotus flowers on the neck, and lily plants with a butterfly on the body. Glazed base.
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Object reference number: RRC38944
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