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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.582

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and flattened rim. The dish has yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. There are two gilt lines on the rim, and traces of a third line around the bottom of the well.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 57 millimetres
    • Diameter: 317 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 582

    Dish with yellow glaze and gilt lines


    This dish is an example of the first ever use of a monochrome yellow glaze at Jingdezhen. Thereafter 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 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. It is incredibly rare as it is also gilded. Archaeologists have excavated some white Yongle porcelain from the Jingdezhen kilns with gilding but yellow examples are very rare indeed.


    Porcelain with transparent and yellow glazes and gilding
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.103, no.90 (and inside) bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.15, Fig.6 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.25, no.582 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.26, no.582 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case41/sh5

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: Courts and Contacts 1400-1450' PROMISED

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.582

Porcelain dish with rounded sides and flattened rim. Yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Two gilt lines on rim, and traces of a third line around the bottom of the well.

Porcelain dish with rounded sides and flattened rim. Yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Two gilt lines on rim, and traces of a third line around the bottom of the well.

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