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    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a fine white body and celadon glaze. There are separated blossoming and fruiting branches in transparent 'famille verte' palette enamels and gold on the exterior.

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    • 18thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 61 millimetres
    • Diameter: 120 millimetres
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      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Great Ming dynasty
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character inscription in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18th-19thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 840

    Celadon bowl with fruiting branches

    Early Qing enamels fire as thin, translucent watercolour-like colours, dominated by green, black, aubergine, red and yellow pigments. Black (made from manganese and cobalt) and iron-pigmented red were used for outlining as they were more opaque than the other colours. Albert Jacquemart (AD 1808–1875) coined the term famille verte in his Histoire de la céramique published in 1873, to describe this palette dominated by shades of green. There is a four-character inscription reading 大明年製 (Da Ming nian zhi 'Made in the Ming dynasty') in underglaze blue on the base.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, celadon glaze, and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty about, AD 1700–1800


  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.17, no.840 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.33, no.840 bibliographic details
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    PDF card: Elphinstone Collection.

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Fine white porcelain bowl. Decorated on the outside with separated blossoming and fruiting branches in transparent 'famille verte' enamels and gold on a celadon ground.

Fine white porcelain bowl. Decorated on the outside with separated blossoming and fruiting branches in transparent 'famille verte' enamels and gold on a celadon ground.

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