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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.797

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 91 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明成化年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynastuy, Chenghua reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in a douoble circle in underglaze blue
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:

    PDF 797

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 53 and p. 312 (Mark p. 277) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 32, no. 27 bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.109, no.159 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.14, no.5 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.49, no.797 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.72, no.41 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.72, no.60 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.84, no.77 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 20-21, no. 1 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 76-77, no.38 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case60

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired before 1935.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.797

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.

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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