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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.773

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and straight rim. There are two incised dragons pursuing a flaming pearl among clouds in Sancai style with on-biscuit enamel in the centre of the interior, and four fruiting grapevines on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 29 millimetres
    • Diameter: 132 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清乾隆年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Qianlong nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Qianlong seal mark in dark brown against a yellow ground on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:

    PDF 773

    Dish with dragons chasing flaming pearls


    In contrast to Europe, in China dragons are traditionally considered to be auspicious. They are regarded as the controllers of the water supply and ultimately came to symbolise imperial authority. The base has a six-character Qianlong reign mark.


    Porcelain with incised decoration and on-the-biscuit yellow, aubergine, brown and green
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, AD 1736–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 281 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.43, no.773 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.51, no.42 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.54, no.183 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc25/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.773

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and straight rim. Sancai style decoration with on-biscuit enamels. Two incised dragons on interior pursuing a flaming pearl among clouds. Four fruiting grapevines on exterior. Mark on base.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides and straight rim. Sancai style decoration with on-biscuit enamels. Two incised dragons on interior pursuing a flaming pearl among clouds. Four fruiting grapevines on exterior. Mark on base.

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