Rectangular porcelain pen tray with round sides and everted rim. There are dragons in wucai-style underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow and green overglaze enamel on the long sides, ruyi clouds on the short sides, and a band of key frets encircling the foot. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 50 millimetres
- Width: 296 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Wanli mark in a double rectangular panel in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Wucai brush (pen) tray
Potters decorated this tray for brushes in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. There are dragons on the long sides, ruyi clouds on the short sides, and a band of key fret encircling the foot. The base carries an underglaze blue Wanli reign mark.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
22 January 2009
Reason for treatment
Fill chip and pint decoration.
The object is stable, it presents a few chipped areas on the rim, one is slightly bigger than the others. The chipped areas are very dirty.
All the chipped areas were steam cleaned, the object was let to dry for a week under a cover to prevent dirt and dust contaminating the cleaned areas. Once it was dried, the chipped areas were filled with Fynebond resin which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. The resin was applied with a metal spatula, allowed to cure fully for 2 days, then softened with Acetone on a cotton wool swabs and shaved back to the correct size. The resin was allowed to cure for a further 2 days before being polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. Once the fill was finished, the decoration was in-painted using of acrylic colours mixed with Golden porcelain restoration glaze. The surface of the object was cleaned with distilled water and a few drops of Synperonic X, using cotton wool swabs. Then the surface was rinsed with distilled water on cotton wool and the surface was wiped with a dry Kleenex tissue to remove any remaining distilled water.
PDF card: Acquired before 1934.
Rectangular porcelain pen tray with round sides and everted rim. Wucai style with designs of dragons in underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow and green overglaze enamels. Ruyi clouds on small sides, with a band of key frets encircling the foot. Mark on base in underglaze blue.
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Object reference number: RRC39080