Porcelain dish with rounded sides, slightly everted rim, and low, wide foot. There are two incised five-clawed dragons between waves and clouds in a double circle in turquoise, green, aubergine and yellow on-biscuit enamel in the centre of the interior, and six incised dragon roundels on the cavetto, and fruit and flower sprays on the exterior. There is a mark in brown on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 49 millimetres
- Diameter: 273 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 dark brown on the yellow base
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Dish with dragons
Ming emperors appear to have favoured bright, colourful, schemes for their buildings, costumes and furnishings. This dish with dragons has colours applied directly to the biscuit-fired porcelain body. This lends the enamels a darker hue than those first coated with a layer of glaze and fired before the enamels were added and the piece was fired again.
Porcelain with on-the-biscuit green, yellow, aubergine and black enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
Porcelain dish with rounded sides, slightly everted rim, and low, wide foot. Turquoise, green, aubergine and yellow on-biscuit enamels. Two incised five-clawed dragons on inside centre between waves and clouds in a double circle. Six incised dragons roundels around the walls, with fruit and flower sprays on the exterior. Mark on base in brown.
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Object reference number: RRC39122
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