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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.815

  • Description

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in slip in the centre with two five-clawed dragons in profile with the flaming pearl, and around the sides with two similar dragons. It has an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 40 millimetres
    • Diameter: 195 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        惜花居士
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Xihua jushi
      • Inscription Translation

        the scholar who cherishes flowers
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        惜春圖
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Xichun tu
      • Inscription Translation

        picture of cherishing Spring
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        務齋 雅玩
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Wuzhai yawan
      • Inscription Translation

        for the amusement of Wuzhai
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Body Ming 15th-16th century redecorated in the late 18th-early 19thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A815

    Dish painted with a scholar


    This dish is decorated with two anhua dragons in slip inside in the cavetto and two in the centre. It is painted in translucent overglaze enamels with a scholar, seated beneath a blossoming prunus tree, watching petals fall to the ground. The title of this scene is given on the back of the dish as 惜春圖 (Xichun tu ‘picture of cherishing Spring’), preceded by a dedication 務齋 雅玩 (Wuzhai yawan ‘for the amusement of Wuzhai’). Wuzhai (Studio of Endeavour) was the studio name of Li Shimin. The iron-red seal reads惜花 居士 (Xihua jushi ‘the scholar who cherishes flowers’). The decoration is after the work of Jin Nong (AD 1687–1763), native of Renhe, one of the Eight Eccentrics of Yangzhou.


    Porcelain with slip decoration and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, AD 1700–1760

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.33, no.A815 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.49, no.815 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 100-101, no.40 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case32/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.815

Saucer-shaped porcelain dish. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in slip in the centre with two five-clawed dragons in profile with the flaming pearl, and around the sides with two similar dragons.

Saucer-shaped porcelain dish. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in slip in the centre with two five-clawed dragons in profile with the flaming pearl, and around the sides with two similar dragons.

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