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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 67 millimetres
- Diameter: 121 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Jiajing nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
Inscription CommentJiajing mark and period
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
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
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.
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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Object reference number: RRC38903
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