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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.514

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. Covered in bright translucent green glaze and incised outside with lotus scroll and the Eight Buddhist emblems. White glaze on base, with inscription.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 35 millimetres
    • Diameter: 155 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Qianlong mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B514

    Dish with green glaze


    The Qianlong emperor also sent officials to closely supervise production of porcelains at Jingdezhen. From official Qing dynasty palace records we know that he encouraged experimentation with single coloured glazes there. Green derived from copper was used as a single colour glaze from the Xuande period (AD 1425–35), applied over a transparent high-fired glaze. The base has a six-character underglaze blue seal reign mark of the Qianlong period.


    Porcelain, with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, incised and with transparent and green glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, AD 1736–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.46, no.B514 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.96, no.83 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 pp 46-47, no.B514 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case38/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.514

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides. Covered in bright translucent green glaze and incised outside with lotus scroll and the Eight Buddhist emblems. White glaze on base, with inscription.

Porcelain saucer with rounded sides. Covered in bright translucent green glaze and incised outside with lotus scroll and the Eight Buddhist emblems. White glaze on base, with inscription.

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