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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.522

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. The dish has copper red glaze on the exterior, fading to the rim, and plain with a clear glaze inside, blackish and liver-mottled area on one side. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42 millimetres
    • Diameter: 210 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        正德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhengde nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Zhengde reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Zhengde mark in a double ring
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 522

    Dish with copper-red glaze


    High-fired, copper-red glazes were perfected at Jingdezhen in the early fifteenth century, during the Yongle reign. Potters made almost no copies of these glazes for the next five hundred years. This saucer-dish is extremely rare as few imperial dishes with high-fired copper-red glaze were made in the sixteenth century. Mostly the potters substituted overglaze iron-red which was much easier to control and caused less wastage when completing imperial orders. It carries a Zhengde reign mark on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and copper-red glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, AD1506–1521

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 158, pl. CLVII bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.15, no.522 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.15, no.522 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.17, no.4 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case49/sh5

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.522

Porcelain saucerwith rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Plain white inside, exterior covered with copper red glaze, bluish white at the rim. Blackish and liver-motted area on one side. Mark on slightly bluish glazed base.

Porcelain saucerwith rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Plain white inside, exterior covered with copper red glaze, bluish white at the rim. Blackish and liver-motted area on one side. Mark on slightly bluish glazed base.

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