Porcelain bowl. Inside double circle in the centre, a heron in a pond with lotus in underglaze blue. Band of blue trellis pattern close to rim. Outside, semi-precious stones mounted in gold and silver to form floral design. There is a mark on the base. Pair with A793.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 63 millimetres
- Diameter: 119 millimetres
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationFu shou kang ning
Inscription Translationmay good fortune and health be with you
Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Bowl with gem overlay
This bowl has a crane or heron in a lotus pond in the centre in underglaze blue and an underglaze blue mark on the base which reads福壽康寧 (fu shou kang ning ‘may good fortune and health be with you’). However it is the exterior which is interesting. The bowl has been ornamented with low-grade rubies and other stones in gold mounts. Connecting the stones are interlaced gold lines. This method of decorating by first chiselling the surface and then filling in with niello and jewels follows a style popularly used by the Turkish Ottoman court to decorate jade and crystal.
Porcelain with underglaze blue, gilding and semi-precious stones
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, about, AD 1522–1566
Margaret Medley 1978 records: From the Lady Charlotte Schreiber Collection. PDF card: Acquired 1950. Lady Charlotte Schreiber Collection.
Porcelain bowl. Inside double circle in the centre, a heron in a pond with lotus in underglaze blue. Band of blue trellis pattern close to rim. Outside, semi-precious stones mounted in gold and silver to form floral design. Mark on base. Pair with A793.
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