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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.507

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Covered outside in light green glaze, with incised key-fret below rim and around foot and wave design around bottom of body. Inside and base covered in plain white glaze. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 13 millimetres
    • Diameter: 263 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

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

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

    PDF B507

    Bowl with melon-green glaze


    The Yongzheng emperor 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. Potters invented this variant of a melon-green glaze for the Yongzheng emperor. They first incised the bowl so that the glaze would pool in the recessed lines creating an attractive surface. The base has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Yongzheng period.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue, transparent and green 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 1975 Monochrome pl. 261 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.45, no.B507 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 pp 45-46, no.B507 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case38/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1975, records: Elphinstone Gift. PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.507

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Covered outside in light green glaze, with incised key-fret below rim and around foot and wave design around bottom of body. Inside and base covered in plain white glaze. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Covered outside in light green glaze, with incised key-fret below rim and around foot and wave design around bottom of body. Inside and base covered in plain white glaze. Inscription on base.

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