jar / cover
Ovoid porcelain jar with wide mouth, short straight neck, and domed cover. There is a five-clawed dragon and phoenix among prunus scrolls with ornamental borders incised and painted with yellow enamel on a green enamel ground on the interior, a dragon incised and painted on the top of the cover, and flames and blossoms around the sides of the cover. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 173 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Wanli mark in a double circle in underglaze blue
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Jar and cover with dragons and phoenix
Potters incised the unglazed but biscuit-fired porcelain body of the jar with a five-clawed dragon on one side, and on the cover, and a phoenix with a five-feathered tail on the other side, both among flowering plants. They applied a high-fired transparent glaze on the inside and on the base, over an underglaze blue mark. The colours, first yellow, then green, were then added to the biscuit-fired body rather than over a glaze. We know the order of their application because the green overlaps the yellow at the edges of the motifs. Although potters first experimented with this colour combination nearly two hundred years earlier in the Yongle period (AD1403–24), the absence of a base coating of glaze, is innovative.
Porcelain, incised, with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, and yellow and green glazes on the biscuit
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD1573–1620
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Sutton-Pratt Collection. PDF card: Previous owner: Sutton-Pratt Collection, No. 63.
Ovoid porcelain jar with wide mouth, short straight neck, and domed cover. Incised decoration with yellow enamel on a green enamel ground. Five-clawed dragon and phoenix around body among prunus scrolls with ornamental borders. Dragon on surface of cover, with flames and blossoms around the sides. Mark on base in underglaze blue.
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Object reference number: RRC39127
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