Octagonal ovoid porcelain jar with thickened mouth rim. There are eight rectangular panels, each containing a cartouche panel with an inscription, in overglaze red, green and yellow enamel with kinrande gilding on the body, eight panels, each containing a ruyi lappet, on the shoulder, and a lotus scroll panel around the foot.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 383 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the panels
Inscription Content福如東海, 壽比南山
Inscription TransliterationFu ru Donghai, shou bi Nanshan
Inscription TranslationHappiness as vase as the Eastern Sea, longevity like that of the Southern Mountains
Inscription CommentInscription reading Fu ru donghai, shou bi nanshen (Happiness as deep as the Eastern sea, longevity like that of the Southern Mountain) in gold on the panels
Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Hexagonal jar with kinrande decoration
This polychrome jar is decorated with areas of overglaze iron-red enamel over which potters have placed cut out gold foil which they then incised and fired at a low temperature. This decorative technique is known by the Japanese term 金襴手('kinrande gold brocade style’). The gold wears away from the porcelain which is why so much of the detail is missing from this wine ewer. There is an inscription which reads福如東海, 壽比南山(Fu ru donghai, shou bi nanshen ‘Happiness as deep as the Eastern sea, longevity like that of the Southern Mountains’) in gold on the panels.
Porcelain with overglaze red, turquoise and green enamels, and gilding
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Jiajing to Wanli reign, about AD1522–1600
Octagonal ovoid porcelain jar with thickened mouth rim. Kirande style gilded decoration with overglaze red, green and yellow enamel. Designs of the Eight Emblems in eight rectangular panels on the body; ruyi lappets on the shoulder, and eight cartouche panels with inscriptions; lotus scroll panel around the foot.
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Object reference number: RRC39115
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