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Small porcelain dish. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue washes and outlines and overglaze green, yellow and brown enamels. Inside in the centre, a roundel of interlocking ruyi head motifs between yellow and blue circles. Lingzhi fungus sprays around the exterior. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 23 millimetres
- Diameter: 84 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character mark in a double rectangle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:
Doucai dish with longevity fungus
Eight 靈芝 (lingzhi 'longevity fungi') are painted in underglaze blue and in-filled in overglaze enamels around the outside of this small dish. Coloured enamels of the Chenghua period are light and more delicately applied than in the preceding Yuan and early Ming periods. Professor Liu Xinyuan 劉新園 and his team of archaeologists’ discovery of a rubbish heap of a large number of broken and rejected Chenghua porcelains at the imperial kiln site at Jingdezhen revolutionised scholars’ knowledge of patterns and forms of doucai .
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamel decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD1465–87
Small porcelain saucer. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue washes and outlines and overglaze green, yellow and brown enamels. Inside in the centre, a roundel of interlocking ruyi head motifs between yellow and blue circles. Lingzhi fungus sprays around the outside. Mark on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39694
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