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    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. The dish has bright lemon yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze on the interior and exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 51 millimetres
    • Diameter: 214 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Chenghua reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in a double ring in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:

    PDF 596

    Saucer-dish with yellow glaze

    This saucer-dish demonstrates an attractive use of a monochrome yellow glaze at Jingdezhen. This colour glaze was used to decorate court porcelain for some five hundred years of the imperial era in China from AD 1403 to AD 1911. Potters fired the saucer-dish twice, first at a porcelain temperature of around 1280 to1320 °C and then in a second, lower-temperature firing to vitrify the lead-fluxed, iron-pigmented glaze. The base carries an underglaze blue Chenghua reign mark.

    Porcelain with transparent and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD 1465–1487


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.27, 596 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.28, no.596 bibliographic details
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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    10 February 2009

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Examine black filled chip on rim


    A dark chip on the rim appears to be a manufacturing defect - it is situated under the glaze. Similarily there is a break which would have occured at the time it was biscuit fired on the foot which was secured in place with the yellow glaze.

    Treatment details

    Examined under a microscope.

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Porcelain dish with rounded sides. Bright lemon yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze inside and outside. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Porcelain dish with rounded sides. Bright lemon yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze inside and outside. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

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