Porcelain tripod of archaic bronze ding form with rounded body and relief-moulded dragons and lingzhi fungus scrolls. The dragons and scrolls are picked out in wucai-style underglaze blue and red and green overglaze enamel on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 148 millimetres
- Diameter: 201 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Chenghua nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty Chenghua reign
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Wucai tripod with dragons
Potters decorated this moulded tripod in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. Its handles are missing. The British Museum has a similar example also with missing handles but with a Wanli reign mark. This example has an apocryphal Chenghua mark.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620
11 February 2009
Remove overpaint - try to clean cracks.
Where the handles would have originally been located there were plaster fills which had been overpainted. There was also a dirty running crack around the bottom of the vessel.
The overpaint and plaster fills were removed with acetone, using cotton wool swabs on a satay stick and a scalpel. The running crack was poulticed with Ariel mixed with distilled water. Covered with cling film to slow down evaporation. It was also poulticed with *LAPRD* mixed with acetone. Covered with cling film to slow down evaporation. After each application the area was steam cleaned.
Porcelain tripod of archaic bronze ding form, with rounded body. Wucai style decoration with underglaze blue and red and green overglaze enamels. Relief-moulded dragons and lingzhi fungus scrolls. Mark on base in underglaze blue.
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