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  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and a slightly everted rim. The dish has red glaze over a layer of yellow glaze over plain felspathic glaze. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 154 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Jiajing mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF 561

    Dish with red glaze

    Potters applied a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Jiajing period to the base and then covered the whole saucer-dish in a transparent glaze. It was then covered with a yellow glaze and followed by an iron-red glaze and fired at a lower temperature to fix this colour. In the sixteenth century, potters generally made low-fired overglaze iron-red monochromes rather than high-fired copper-red porcelains as they were much easier to control and caused less wastage when completing imperial orders. Iron-red sits nearer to the surface over the glaze, and appears rather matt. It is easily worn.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue, transparent glaze, iron-yellow and iron-red glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.21, no.561 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.22, no.561 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc36/sh8

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Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and a slightly everted rim. Red enamel over a layer of yellow enamel over plain felspathic glaze. Mark on base.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and a slightly everted rim. Red enamel over a layer of yellow enamel over plain felspathic glaze. Mark on base.

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