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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.839

  • Description

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. Enamelled in mixed colours, with a clump of 'lingzhi' with its scrolled head of diverse colours and branches of blossoming prunus, mingled with sprays of pomegranate.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 88 millimetres
    • Diameter: 507 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

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

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

    PDF A839

    Fencai serving dish with prunus


    This large serving dish is painted with a lingzhi and branches of blossoming prunus, mingled with sprays of pomegranate. The introduction of this opaque palette which included white enamel enabled the porcelain decorators to experiment with all kinds of shading and gradations of colour. Tiny dots were used to suggest a slightly darker petal shade.


    Porcelain with underglaze blue and opaque overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD1723—35

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.38, no.A839 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.38, no.A839 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case64-7

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    12 May 2010

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean crack

    Condition

    Dish was stable apart from a dirty crack located on the rim.

    Treatment details

    The crack was cleaned at first by steam cleaning and then applying a laponite and acetone poultice which did little.

    Three ariel poultices were then applied with thourougher cleaning and steam cleaning inbetween.

    The crack was almost invisible on the interior but still visible on the exterior when it was returned to Asia.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.839

Saucer-shaped porcelain dish. Enamelled in mixed colours, with a clump of 'lingzhi' with its scrolled head of diverse colours and branches of blossoming prunus, mingled with sprays of pomegranate.

Saucer-shaped porcelain dish. Enamelled in mixed colours, with a clump of 'lingzhi' with its scrolled head of diverse colours and branches of blossoming prunus, mingled with sprays of pomegranate.

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