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    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. The dish has pale yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze, with slight pinkish-brown staining where body is exposed.

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    • 1403-1424
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    • Height: 45 millimetres
    • Diameter: 207 millimetres
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    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 544

    Dish with yellow glaze

    This dish is of an extraordinarily rare type. It demonstrates the first ever use of a monochrome yellow glaze at Jingdezhen. Thereafter this colour glaze was used to decorate court porcelain for the remaining some five hundred years of the imperial era in China. Possibly due to technical difficulties or arguably due to taste, very few plain yellow dishes appear to have been made in the early fifteenth century and very few survive today. 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 on the inside and outside walls. The base has a thin clear glaze and reveals a typical early fifteenth century body beneath.

    Porcelain with yellow glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.19, no.544 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.19, no.544 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.66, no.31 bibliographic details
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Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Pale yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Slight pinkish-brown staining where body is exposed.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Pale yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Slight pinkish-brown staining where body is exposed.

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