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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 35 millimetres
- Diameter: 149 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationShang yong
Inscription TranslationFor use of the supreme [ie the emperor]
Published PDF date : Ming mid 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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
On display: G95/dc26/sh6
PDF card: Acquired Palmer sale at Sotheby, Nov. 27 1962, Lot 51 via Bluett £180. Previous owner: Palmer Collection.
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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Object reference number: RRC39093
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