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Longquan porcelain dish with a wide flat base and a narrow flattened rim. The dish has thick grey-green glaze. There is a dragon surrounded by clouds chasing a flaming pearl in biscuit relief in the centre, seventeen prunus florets in biscuit relief around the rim, and an incised wave pattern around the well.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 83 millimetres
- Diameter: 433 millimetres
Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Charger with biscuit-fired dragon
Yuan potters used a new technique to decorate this Longquan dish, creating a design with contrasting orangey-red unglazed (biscuit-fired) areas against rich green glaze. First, they incised aspects of the design, such as the waves in the well, and then covered the whole dish in glaze except for a broad ring on the base, which was left to accommodate a kiln support. Next they applied designs from clay which had been rolled out thin like pastry and pressed-out using small carved moulds. This technique used to apply the dragon, flaming pearl and clouds in the centre, and prunus flowers around the rim, is called sprig-moulding.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, with incised and applied biscuit-fired decoration and celadon glaze
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Yuan dynasty, about AD 1300–1368
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records:'Cf. Zimmermann, "Meisterwerke der Turkischen Museen zu Konstantinopel", Vol 2. Plate 19.'
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Object reference number: RRC38672
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