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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 47 millimetres
- Diameter: 264 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Hongzhi nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Hongzhi reign
Published PDF date : Ming Hongzhi 1488-1505Room 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39686
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