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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. The dish has yellow enamel. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 millimetres
    • Diameter: 128 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhengde nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Zhengde reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Zhengde mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:

    PDF 557

    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 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 has a four-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Zhengde period.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, 1506–1521


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.21, no.557 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.21, no.557 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc40/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department


  • Registration number


Porcelain dish with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Yellow enamel. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Porcelain dish with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Yellow enamel. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

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