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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.789

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 148 millimetres
    • Diameter: 201 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 dynasty Chenghua reign
      • Inscription Comment

        apocryphal
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF 789

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.30, no.75 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 46-47, no.789 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh9

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    11 February 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Remove overpaint - try to clean cracks.

    Condition

    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.

    Treatment details

    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.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.789

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.

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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