Porcelain globular jar with short, straight neck, wide mouth and broad shoulder tapering to a wide flat base. There are three cactus-like rocks with flower sprays on a wavy ground with smaller rocks and butterflies in between in Doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes, and overglaze green, aubergine, yellow, red and orange enamel on the exterior, and parallel lines around the neck. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 91 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Chenghua nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynastuy, Chenghua reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Chenghua mark in a douoble circle in underglaze blue
Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:
Doucai jar with camellias and rocks
The pattern on this ovoid jar is extremely rare. It is decorated with a repeated design of three stylised rocks in aubergine, green, and yellow enamel respectively, each flanked by camellias using shades of red, yellow and combined red and yellow to make orange with butterflies in between, and a ground of blue washes. Originally this jar would have had a cover. Jingdezhen potters made copies of this pattern in the Yongzheng period (AD 1723–35) of the Qing dynasty.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamel decoration Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮 Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD1465–87
- Medley 1975 Colour pl. 53 and p. 312 (Mark p. 277)
- Pierson 2001 p. 32, no. 27
- Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.109, no.159
- Medley 1978 p.14, no.5
- Feng 2006 p.49, no.797
- Scott 1989a p.72, no.41
- Pierson 2002 p.72, no.60
- Scott 1989b p.84, no.77
- Feng 2006a pp 20-21, no. 1
- Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 76-77, no.38
PDF card: Acquired before 1935.
Globular porcelain jar with short, straight neck, wide mouth and broad shoulder tapering to a wide flat base. Doucai style decoration with underglaze blue outlines and washes, and overglaze green, aubergine, yellow, red and orange enamels. Three cactus-like rocks with flower sprays on a wavy ground around the body, with smaller rocks and butterflies in between. Parallel lines around the neck. Mark on base in underglaze blue.
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Object reference number: RRC39129
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