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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.773

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Decorated inside with gardenia floral spray in the centre and sprays of pomegranate, persimmon, grapevine and lotus in the cavetto. Gardenia scrolls on the exterior. All motifs painted in underglaze blue on yellow overglaze enamel ground. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1488-1505
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 47 millimetres
    • Diameter: 264 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明弘治年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Hongzhi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Hongzhi reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Hongzhi 1488-1505Room 95 label text:

    PDF A773

    Dish with flowering gardenia


    This design, invented in the early fifteenth century, was made continuously for one hundred years at Jingdezhen with minor variations and later was revived in the Qing dynasty (AD 1644–1911). The dish is decorated inside with gardenia and sprays of pomegranate, persimmon, grapevine and lotus in the cavetto. The branches have ragged ends, following a well-known convention, indicating they were broken from a tree. On the exterior are gardenia scrolls and a six-character Hongzhi reign mark written on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration and yellow glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Hongzhi mark and period, AD 1488–1505

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p. 25, no. 19 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.19, no.26 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.70, no.A773 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 62-63, no. 22 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case19/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.773

Porcelain dish. Decorated inside with gardenia floral spray in the centre and sprays of pomegranate, persimmon, grapevine and lotus in the cavetto. Gardenia scrolls on the outside. All motifs painted in underglaze blue on yellow overglaze enamel ground. Mark on base.

Porcelain dish. Decorated inside with gardenia floral spray in the centre and sprays of pomegranate, persimmon, grapevine and lotus in the cavetto. Gardenia scrolls on the outside. All motifs painted in underglaze blue on yellow overglaze enamel ground. Mark on base.

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