Porcelain dish. Decorated in sancai style with on-biscuit enamels. Two incised dragons in white in the centre, with aubergine flaming pearl between and green waves below, on yellow ground. Six flower and fruit sprays in cavetto, in aubergine, turquoise and green on yellow ground. Outside, three groups of flowers springing from rocks. Yellow base, with mark.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 50 millimetres
- Diameter: 283 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon the base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nianzhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Great Ming dynasty Wanli reign
Inscription Commentin dark brown on the yellow base
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Dish with on-the biscuit decoration
Ming emperors appear to have favoured bright, colourful, schemes for their buildings, costumes and furnishings. Potters fired most of the Ming and Ming style porcelains twice. This dish painted with dragons has colours applied directly to the biscuit-fired porcelain body. This lends the enamels a darker hue than those first coated with a layer of glaze and fired before the enamels were added and the piece was fired again. The base has a six-character iron-brown Wanli reign mark.
Porcelain with incised and on-the-biscuit green, yellow, aubergine, turquoise and black enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
9 April 2009
Reason for treatment
clean cracks if possible
Several dirty cracks running vertically from the rim
Cleaned with deionised water and a few drops of Synperonic N (non ionic detergent, nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate), using cotton wool. After cleaning, surface rinsed with deionised water on cotton wool. Surface wiped with dry lab tissue to remove any remaining water. All cracks were steam cleaned to remove dirt with limited success. Ariel automatic (anionic and non ionic synthetic surfactants,sodium tripolyphosphate)on cotton wool strips were applied locally over the cracks on the exterior surface and covered with Clingfilm. After leaving overnight the Clingfilm was removed and the cracks steam cleaned to remove dirt and residues. Again this process had limited sucess. Laponite RD (sodium magnesium lithium silicate) was mixed to a gel with distilled water and applied as a poultice to the crack on the exterior surface. Strips of Japanese tissue were used as a barrier layer. After leaving overnight the Laponite was removed and the cracks steam cleaned once more. This process was repeated following which the dirt had been successfully removed from all cracks. To ensure no significant residues remained, a poultice of cotton wool strips soaked in de-ionised water was applied over the cracks and left to dry. This was repeated three times.
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Object reference number: RRC39685
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