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  • Museum number

    PDF.755

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with gently rounded sides and flared rim. There is a vase of flowers incised and decorated in susancai style, with green, yellow and aubergine brown on-biscuit enamel in the centre, eight auspicious emblems in the cavetto, and a band of ruyi heads on exterior. There is a mark in yellow on green ground on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48 millimetres
    • Diameter: 293 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬里年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Wanli mark incised on the enamelled glaze in an incised double circle painted in yellow.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF 755

    Dish with a flower vase


    Potters first incised this dish with a central design of flowers in a vase, with Eight Auspicious Emblems (八吉祥) with ribbons in the cavetto, with ruyi (如意) heads outside, and with a Wanli mark on the base, and fired it at the high temperature required for the porcelain body. Instead of covering it with a transparent glaze, they then high-lighted the main designs and reign mark in yellow, the ribbons in aubergine and covered the ground around it in green, all applied directly onto the biscuit-fired body, leaving each colour to dry before adding the next, then firing. This on the biscuit enamelling technique lends the colours a rather dark, dull appearance. Although Jingdezhen potters used this technique experimentally in the early Ming, about AD1403–35, examples of the Wanli period are rare and it did not become a commonplace technique until the early Qing period about AD 1644–1722.


    Porcelain, incised and with yellow, green and aubergine enamels on the biscuit
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 182 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p.152, pl. CLI bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.34, no.755 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.35, no.99, pl. IX bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 52-52, no. 17 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case57-4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.755

Porcelain dish with gently rounded sides and flared rim, decorated in susancai style, with green, yellow and aubergine brown on-biscuit enamels. Vase of flowers incised in centre, with eight auspicious emblems in the cavetto. Band of ruyi heads on exterior. Mark in yellow on green ground on base.

Porcelain dish with gently rounded sides and flared rim, decorated in susancai style, with green, yellow and aubergine brown on-biscuit enamels. Vase of flowers incised in centre, with eight auspicious emblems in the cavetto. Band of ruyi heads on exterior. Mark in yellow on green ground on base.

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