Porcelain dish with slighlty everted rim. There is a full-faced dragon above two confronted phoenix with clouds and a flaming pearl in wucai-style underglaze blue and green and red overglaze enamel in the centre of the interior, four roundels each enclosing a character, separated by waves and florets in cavetto, and lotus scroll pattern on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 27 millimetres
- Diameter: 143 millimetres
Inscription TransliterationFu ru dong hai
Inscription TranslationHappiness as vast as the Eastern Sea
Inscription CommentSix-character Wanli mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base.
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty Wanli reign
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Dish with dragons and inscription
At Jingdezhen in the later part of the Ming dynasty, potters decorated porcelains in many different styles reflecting their creativity. This dish is painted in 五彩 (wucai ‘ five colours’) style. Inside is a dragon above two phoenixes with clouds and a flaming pearl. There are four characters which together make a wish which reads 福如東海 (Fu ru dong hai ‘Happiness as vast as the Eastern Sea’). On the base is a Wanli reign mark.
Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze green and red enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
Porcelain saucer with slighlty everted rim. Wucai style, with underglaze blue and green and red overglaze enamels. Full-faced dragon above two confronted phoenix with clouds and a flaming pearl in central medallion. Four roundels in cavetto, each enclosing a character, separated by waves and florets. Lotus scroll pattern on outside, mark on base in underglaze blue.
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