Porcelain dish with rounded sides and straight rim. There are two confronted dragons with a flaming pearl and clouds in Wucai style underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow and green enamel in the centre of the interior, and double lines in red enamel on the foot and both sides of the rim. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 60 millimetres
- Diameter: 331 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Longqing nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Longqing reign
Published PDF date : Ming Longqing 1567-1572Room 95 label text:
Dish with dragons chasing flaming pearls
Potters first applied cobalt-blue pigment under the glaze to certain parts of the design such as the blue dragon, covered it with a transparent glaze and fired it at a high temperature. After cooling, they then completed the design using a palette of overglaze enamels dominated by four other colours: red, yellow, green and aubergine and fired it again at a lower temperature to fix these pigments. This twice-fired technique is called 五彩 (wucai ‘five-colours).
Porcelain with wucai enamels (underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, green and aubergine)
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Longqing mark and period, AD 1567–72
PDF card: Acquired in Osaka, Japan in 1934 via Yamanaka.
Porcelain dish with rounded sides and straight rim. Wucai style decoration with underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow and green enamels. Two confronted dragons on inside centre with a flaming pearl and clouds. Double red enamel lines on the foot and both sides of the rim. Mark on base in underglaze blue.
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Object reference number: RRC39130
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