Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. The bowl has deep copper red glaze, white at the rim. There are lotus panels incised on the exterior at the base. There is a mark on base, which has a bluish-white glaze.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 93 millimetres
- Diameter: 207 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Xuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
Inscription CommentXuande mark and period
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
Dish with copper-red glaze
‘Sacrificial’, fresh or deep red monochrome-glazed porcelain of the Yongle and Xuande era represents the peak of technical achievement at Jingdezhen. As vessels ordered for ritual use by the early fifteenth century Ming emperors, they enjoy a status above that of other porcelains. The glaze has ‘crept’ at the rim of the dish to reveal the pure whiteness of the porcelain body. The glassy glaze is covered in tiny pin prick holes like skin pores and the colour possesses an incredible powdery depth, yielding layer upon layer of strong red shades of colour. Outside is an incised design of lotus lappets. The base carries an incised Xuande mark.
Porcelain with moulded and incised designs, transparent and copper-red glazes
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35
On display: G95/dc48/sh4
6 April 2009
Reason for treatment
Re-do missing area
Old restorations along rim, gap filled and retouched. Minor surface dirt. Running cracks have been retouched over. Large missing area has been filled and retouched. Glaze is slightly scratched. Old restorations are yellowing and cracking.
Surface cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on cotton wool swabs and dried with a paper towel. Removed all overpaint with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) on cotton wool swabs. Overpaint was covering lots of the original surface. White plaster fills under the overpaint, removed mechanically with a scalpel. Steam cleaned the edges of the missing area twice with de-ionised water to remove ingrained dirt, dried with paper towels. Made a mould of the surface texture, as it was slighty pitted, with Elite Double 8 bulked with Talc. Core gap fill made with Fynebond epoxy resin which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin) and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. Core fill was cut back just below the suface of the glaze thickness with a scalpel. Glaze colour was applied with a wooden toothpick in dots of Fynebond epoxy resin which was lightly bulked with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. The impression mould was placed on top to create the original surface. After curing the excess resin that had seeped onto the original surface was cut back with a scalpel. The fill was polished with Grepgate Plastic Polish. Object was further cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel.
Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. Deep copper red glaze, white at the rim. Lotus panels incised on exterior at the base. Mark on bluish-white glazed base.
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