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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.531

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. Covered outside with matt rose enamel over thin high-fired glaze, showing white inside and on base. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with B532.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 31 millimetres
    • Diameter: 135 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

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

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

    PDF B531

    Dish with pink glaze


    Potters at the imperial kilns formed this dish with fine porcelain bodies. It is covered with a transparent glaze inside and over the blue marks on the base. The outsides are covered with pink glazes which appear mottled, with areas of denser and lighter shades of these attractive colours. Potters blew the pigment onto the porcelains, possibly through a tube with silk gauze over the end to allow for an even but light spread of colour. The colours are low-fired and derive from Western technology, using colloidal gold. They were introduced into China in the late Kangxi reign about AD 1720. The base has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Yongzheng period. This is one of a pair with B532.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and pink glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, 1723–1735

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.49, no.B531 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.49, no.B531 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case37/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.531

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides. Covered outside with matt rose enamel over thin high-fired glaze, showing white inside and on base. Inscription on base. Pair with B533.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides. Covered outside with matt rose enamel over thin high-fired glaze, showing white inside and on base. Inscription on base. Pair with B533.

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