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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.548

  • Description

    Porcelain hemispherical bowl. The bowl has red enamel over felspathic glaze with gilt (kinrande) floral scrolls on the exterior. There is an underglaze blue chrysanthemum spray and a butterfly in a double ring in the centre of interior and a diaper band at the rim. There is an inscription in underglaze blue on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 60 millimetres
    • Diameter: 118 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        富貴佳器
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Fugui jiaqi
      • Inscription Translation

        Fine vessel for the rich and honourable
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 548

    Red bowl with kinrande decoration


    This bowl is painted in underglaze blue on the base with a mark which reads富貴佳器 (fu gui jia qi ‘Fine vessel for riches and honour’). The bowl is decorated inside inunderglaze blue with a chrysanthemum and a butterfly. It is covered outside with an iron-red ground and cut out gold foil which was incised and fired at a low temperature. This decorative technique is known by the Japanese term 金襴手 (kinrande 'gold brocade style’). The gold wears away from the porcelain which is why so much of the detail is missing.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue, red enamel and gilding
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing period, AD1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 147, pl. CXLVI(d) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.19, no.548 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.19, no.548, pl. III bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case26/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: before 1934

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.548

Porcelain hemispherical bowl. Red enamel over felspathic glaze with gilt (kinrande) floral scrolls on the exterior. Underglaze blue chrysanthemum spray and a butterfly in a double ring in the centre of interior and diaper band at the rim. Inscription on base in underglaze blue.

Porcelain hemispherical bowl. Red enamel over felspathic glaze with gilt (kinrande) floral scrolls on the exterior. Underglaze blue chrysanthemum spray and a butterfly in a double ring in the centre of interior and diaper band at the rim. Inscription on base in underglaze blue.

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