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Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and straight rim. The bowl has milky white glaze. There is a prunus tree in overglaze turquoise, green, yellow, red and brown enamel on the interior, and two groups of prunus branches with birds and a cresent moon on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 78 millimetres
- Diameter: 218 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription Content宣德 癸丑年造
Inscription TransliterationXuande guichou nian zao
Inscription TranslationMade in the 'Guichou' year of the Xuande period 
Published PDF date : Date? Japan?Room 95 label text:
Bowl with apocryphal inscription
This bowl has a six-character mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base. This reads宣德 癸丑年造 (Xuande guichou nian zao ‘made in the guichou year of Xuande’ [AD 1433]). Outside it is painted with birds on flowering branches and with a crescent moon.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and overglaze enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, about AD 1600–1644
17 April 2009
Reason for treatment
Remove overpaint and reassess. Dismantle, restick and fill if neccessary.
The ceramic had been previously restored and overpainted which had yellowed. When this was removed it was revealed that the ceramic had been broken in a number of places and there were a few small fills.
The yellowed overpaint was removed with acetone, using cotton wool swabs on a satay stick. After cleaning surface wiped with Kleenex tissue to remove the remaining solvent.An attempt at dismantling the joins was undertaken in an atmosphere of dichloromethane in a glass desiccator with tissue support. This was not successful.It was dismantled however with *NITW* applied with a paint brush along joins and covered with aluminium foil to decrease evaporation and then using steam cleaner with distilled water directed along joins.The joins were then reconstructed using Fynebond mixed with zinc white pigments introduced through capillary action. Joins supported with masking tape during curing.Small missing areas filled with Fynebond, microballoons and pigments. Cut back with scalpel and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper.
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Winkworth Collection. See "The Wares of the Ming Dynasty", Plate 15, and p.66. PDF card: Sotheby Sale April 1933, Lot 350, £220 via Sparks. Previous owner: Stephen D.Winkworth.
Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and straight rim. Overglaze turquoise, green, yellow, red and brown enamels, with a milky white glaze. Prunus tree on interior, two groups of prunus branches with birds and a cresent moon on exterior. Mark on base in underglaze blue.
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