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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 55 millimetres
- Diameter: 295 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark written from left to right in underglaze blue
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39666
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