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Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. The bowl has yellow glaze, with blacklines at the rim and the base. There are two five-clawed dragons among clouds incised on exterior with key-fret around the foot-ring, and a blue line at the rim and a ring at the bottom under a plain felspathic glaze. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 85 millimetres
- Diameter: 155 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Inscription Commentsix-character Wanli mark in a double circle in underglaze blue
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Bowl with five-clawed dragons among clouds
This bowl is incised with dragons chasing flaming pearls and is covered with a deep yellow glaze. The base has a six-character underglaze cobalt-blue Wanli reign mark.
Porcelain with incised decoration, underglaze cobalt-blue mark, yellow glaze and black enamel
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
15 March 2010
Reason for treatment
The bowl was generally stable however there was one long slightly dirty running crack on one side and on the opposite one small clean rim crack.
The long running crack was cleaned by applying an Ariel poultice and covering with clingfilm to slow evaporation. The crack was then swabbed with distilled water cotton wool swabs and steam cleaned.The crack was left to dry over a few days and then 10% Paraloid B72 was introduced as a consolidant using a micropipette. Any excess adhesive was removed with acetone swabs.
Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Yellow glaze, with blacklines at the rim and the base. Two five-clawed dragons among clouds incised on exterior with key-fret around the foot-ring. Blue line at the rim and a ring at the bottom under a plain felspathic glaze. Mark in underglaze blue on base.
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Object reference number: RRC38884
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