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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.761

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with curved sides and slightly everted rim, on a tapered and undercut footring. There is a winged fish-dragon chasing a flaming pearl within a double ring in overglaze red, green, turquoise and ochre overglaze enamel in the centre of the interior, and two similar dragons on the exterior. Inscription in red enamel on slightly recessed base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35 millimetres
    • Diameter: 149 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        上用
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shang yong
      • Inscription Translation

        For use of the supreme [ie the emperor]
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming mid 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 761

    Dish with winged dragons and inscription


    Inside in the centre, is a winged dragon with a fish tail rising from waves into clouds in pursuit of a flaming pearl. The outside is decorated with two similar dragons. The base carries a two-character mark 上用 (shang yong ‘for use of the supreme [ie the emperor]’). The winged dragon is a motif used frequently on Chenghua and Hongzhi period porcelains.


    Porcelain with overglaze red, green and yellow, aubergine and turquoise enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Chenghua period, AD 1465–1487

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.23, no.44 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.36, no.761 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 24-25, no.2 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case26/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired Palmer sale at Sotheby, Nov. 27 1962, Lot 51 via Bluett £180. Previous owner: Palmer Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.761

Porcelain saucer with curved sides and slightly everted rim, on a tapered amd undercut footring. Overglaze red, green, turquoise and ochre overglaze enamels. Winged fish-dragon chasing a flaming pearl within a double ring on inside centre, with two similar dragons on exterior. Inscription in red enamel on slightly recessed base.

Porcelain saucer with curved sides and slightly everted rim, on a tapered amd undercut footring. Overglaze red, green, turquoise and ochre overglaze enamels. Winged fish-dragon chasing a flaming pearl within a double ring on inside centre, with two similar dragons on exterior. Inscription in red enamel on slightly recessed base.

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