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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.538

  • Description

    Porcelain dish moulded in form of opened lotus flower with seed pod exposed in centre. Covered with bright yellow glaze. Plain glaze on base, with inscription.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 60 millimetres
    • Diameter: 295 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Yongzheng mark in underglaze blue
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:

    PDF B538

    Dish in the form of an open lotus flower with yellow glaze


    This dish demonstrates an attractive use of a monochrome yellow glaze at Jingdezhen. Potters fired the dish twice, first at a porcelain temperature of around 1280 to1320 °C and then in a second, lower-temperature firing to vitrify the lead-fluxed, iron-pigmented glaze. The base has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Yongzheng period.


    Porcelain, moulded with transparent and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD 1723–1735

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.50, no.B538 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.50, no.B538 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.96, no.97 (yellow dish) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case37/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.538

Porcelain dish moulded in form of opened lotus flower with seed pod exposed in centre. Covered with bright yellow glaze. Plain glaze on base, with inscription.

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