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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.793

  • Description

    Porcelain circular brush stand with five large apertures on top. There is a lotus scroll band in Fahua style on-biscuit blue, turquoise, aubergine and yellow enamel on the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 80 millimetres
    • Diameter: 126 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:

    PDF 793

    Brush stand with lotus scroll


    Collectors coined the term 法華 or 琺華(Fahua ) in the 1920s. It refers to a decorative palette and style of ornament rather than to a kiln site. Rather like cloisonné decorated objects with boundaries of metal wires, fahua wares are decorated with designs generally outlined with trailed clay paste lines but sometimes as here with incised lines. These designs are filled in with bright overglaze colours. Chemically fahua glazes are of an alkaline type more commonly used in Middle Eastern ceramics. Two types were made: low-fired fahua stonewares in Northern China and high-fired fahua porcelains in Southern China.


    Porcelain with fahua decoration with blue, green, aubergine and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1488–1505

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.25, no.33 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.29, no.71, pl.VI bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.48, no.793 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case28/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.793

Circular porcelain brush stand with five large apertures on top. Fahua style decoration with on-biscuit blue, turquoise, aubergine and yellow enamels. Lotus scroll band around the body.

Circular porcelain brush stand with five large apertures on top. Fahua style decoration with on-biscuit blue, turquoise, aubergine and yellow enamels. Lotus scroll band around the body.

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