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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.755

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Decorated inside with flowering pomegranate spray in the centre within double circle, and four fruit sprays around the cavetto, all in underglaze blue against yellow ground, including peach, lychee, cherry and persimmon. The yellow enamel has been applied over a high fired transparent glaze. On the exterior, four Buddhist lotus, baoxianghua sprays. Unglazed base, mark on rim.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 55 millimetres
    • Diameter: 295 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark written from left to right in underglaze blue
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:

    PDF A755

    Saucer-dish with flowering pomegranate


    This design, invented in the early fifteenth century, was made continuously for one hundred years at Jingdezhen and later was revived in the Qing dynasty (AD 1644–1911). The dish is decorated with a flowering pomegranate branch in the centre with fruiting branches of persimmon, peach, lychee and cherry in the walls. The branches have ragged ends, following a well-known convention, indicating they were broken from a tree. On the exterior are four stylised blue lotus flowers and a six-character Xuande reign mark written horizontally at the rim. The yellow glaze is faintly iridescent, like oil on water, and it appears worn, with tiny rubbed and scratched patches all over. The base is unglazed and speckled with tiny brown flecks.


    Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze yellow
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.13, no.2 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.66, no.A755 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.74, no.65 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 60-61, no. 21 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 70-71, no.35 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case59-4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.755

Porcelain dish. Decorated inside with flowering pomegranate spray in the centre within double circle, and four fruit sprays around the cavetto, all in underglaze blue against yellow ground, including peach, lychee, cherry and persimmon. The yellow enamel has been applied over a high fired transparent glaze. On the outside, four Buddhist lotus, baoxianghua sprays. Unglazed base, mark on rim.

Porcelain dish. Decorated inside with flowering pomegranate spray in the centre within double circle, and four fruit sprays around the cavetto, all in underglaze blue against yellow ground, including peach, lychee, cherry and persimmon. The yellow enamel has been applied over a high fired transparent glaze. On the outside, four Buddhist lotus, baoxianghua sprays. Unglazed base, mark on rim.

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