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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.757

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. There are prunus, camellia and peach blossom sprays in sancai style with yellow, green, white, black and aubergine on-biscuit enamel on the exterior. There is a mark in blue on the base which has a colourless glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC(mid)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 86 millimetres
    • Diameter: 200 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明嘉靖年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Jiajing mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF 757

    Bowl with blossoming branches


    Ming emperors appear to have favoured bright, colourful, schemes for their buildings, costumes and furnishings. Potters fired most of the Ming and Ming style porcelains twice. This bowl painted with blossoming branches has colours applied directly to the biscuit-fired porcelain body. This lends the enamels a darker hue than those first coated with a layer of glaze and fired before the enamels were added and the piece was fired again. The base has a six-character underglaze cobalt-blue apocryphal Jiajing reign mark.


    Porcelain with incised decoration, underglaze cobalt-blue mark and on-the-biscuit green, black, yellow and aubergine enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1644–1670

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 222 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 149, pl. CXLVIII(b) bibliographic details
    • Hobson, Rackham & King 1931 p. 22, Fig. 43. bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.44, no.138, pl. XII bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 34-35, no.757 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc25/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the W. C. Alexander Collection. PDF card: Acquired Sotheby sale, May 6, 1931, Lot 159 via Yamanaka £240. Previous owner: W. C. Alexander Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.757

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim, in sancai style with yellow, green, white, black and aubergine on-biscuit enamels, with plain yellow interior. Prunus, camellia and peach blossom sprays on exterior. Mark in blue on colourless glazed base.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim, in sancai style with yellow, green, white, black and aubergine on-biscuit enamels, with plain yellow interior. Prunus, camellia and peach blossom sprays on exterior. Mark in blue on colourless glazed base.

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