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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.558

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. The bowl has yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. There is a dragon in a double ring incised in the centre and dragons above a band of lotus panels incised on the interior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 67 millimetres
    • Diameter: 121 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明嘉靖年製
      • 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 558

    Bowl with dragons


    This bowl is incised with a design of dragons. This yellow 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 bowl 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 has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Jiajing period.


    Porcelain, incised, with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, 1522–66

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.21, no.558 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.21, no.558 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc42/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 11th February 1931. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 13, p.286, no. Warren 12. £15. Bluett's purchased this bowl from the Collection of James Warren, of Capel House, Waltham Cross. Descriptions taken from Bluett's valuation dated 1st November 1929.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.558

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Dragon in a double ring incised in centre, dragons above a band of lotus panels incised on interior. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Dragon in a double ring incised in centre, dragons above a band of lotus panels incised on interior. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

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