Porcelain dish with rounded sides, straight rim, and tapering flared foot. There are two cranes on either side of a pine tree, with prunus blossoms and bamboo in red, turquoise, ochre, green, aubergine and black overglaze enamel on the interior, and two fruiting peach branches on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 33 millimetres
- Diameter: 144 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationXuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Xuande reign
Inscription CommentFour-character Xuande mark in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming early-mid 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Dish with a pair of cranes
Chinese people read this design of pine, bamboo and prunus as the 歲寒三友 (suihan sanyou ‘The Three Friends of Winter’). Pine trees are evergreen and grow for a long time, representing stability and longevity; bamboo, another evergreen, symbolises the educated Confucian, an ideal gentleman-scholar who should be like a bamboo stem, bending not breaking in adverse conditions; and the plum stands for purity as well as leadership, as it is the first flower to bloom in China in the New Year. The cranes are an emblem of long life. There is a four-character apocryphal Xuande reign mark in underglaze blue mark on the base.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and overglaze enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, about AD 1621–1627
Porcelain saucer with rounded sides, straight rim, and tapering flared foot. Red, turquoise, ochre, green, aubergine and black overglaze enamels. Two cranes on either side of a pine tree, with prunus blossoms and bamboo on inside. Two fruiting peach branches on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.
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Object reference number: RRC39131
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