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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.540

  • Description

    Porcelain globular bottle with narrow neck swelling to form a bulb below the mouth rim. The bottle has yellow glaze. There is a horizontal rib in relief halfway up the neck. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 107 millimetres
    • Diameter: 68 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 but Kangxi period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 540

    Bottle with yellow glaze


    This bottle has a garlic-shaped mouth and is covered with a monochrome yellow glaze. Potters fired the jar twice, first at a porcelain temperature of around 1280 to1320 °C to fix the underglaze blue mark and transparent glaze and then in a second, lower-temperature firing to vitrify the lead-fluxed, iron-pigmented glaze. The base has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Jiajing period (AD 1522–66).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.18, no.540 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.18, no.540 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case42/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.540

Porcelain globular bottle with narrow neck swelling to form a bulb below the mouth rim. The bottle has yellow glaze. There is a horizontal rib in relief halfway up the neck. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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