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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Porcelain dish with thick sides and everted rim. The dish has white glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1644-1700
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 41 millimetres
    • Diameter: 204 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Lin Zuxin zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made by Lin Zuxin
      • Inscription Comment

        On the base the seal 'Lin Zuxin zhi' (made by Lin Zuxin)
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 429

    Dish made by Lin Zuxin

    Dehua wares of the period AD 1600–1911 are typified by figures and vessels with a granular sugary white body and either a blue tinged or creamy white glaze. The pure whiteness of these ceramics is due to the relative absence of iron impurities in the body - indeed the clay used contains only half a percent of ferric oxide. Plain white porcelains from the Dehua kilns in Fujian, south-eastern China are known in the West by the nineteenth-century French connoisseurs’ term Blanc de Chine. On the base of this dish is a seal mark 林足信製 (Lin Zuxin zhi ‘made by Lin Zuxin’).

    Porcelain with transparent glaze
    Dehua ware 德化窯
    Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1644–1700PDF 429





  • Location

    On display: G95/dc34/sh1

  • Acquisition name

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Porcelain dish with thick sides and everted rim. The dish has white glaze.

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