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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.743

  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Decorated with underglaze blue against overglaze yellow enamel ground, with gardenia spray inside the centre and sprays of pomegranate, grapevine, peach and lotus around the cavetto. Outside are gardenia scrolls. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 45 millimetres
    • Diameter: 200 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Zhengde mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:

    PDF A743

    Dish with gardenia


    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 gardenia branch in the centre with fruiting branches of pomegranate, grapevine, peach and lotus in the walls. 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 Zhengde 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, Zhengde mark and period, AD 1506–1521

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 59 and p. 312 (Mark p. 277) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.19, no.29 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 58-59, no.A743 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc19/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired before 1934

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.743

Porcelain dish. Decorated with underglaze blue against overglaze yellow enamel ground, with gardenia spray inside the centre and sprays of pomegranate, grapevine, peach and lotus around the cavetto. Outside are gardenia scrolls. Mark on base.

Porcelain dish. Decorated with underglaze blue against overglaze yellow enamel ground, with gardenia spray inside the centre and sprays of pomegranate, grapevine, peach and lotus around the cavetto. Outside are gardenia scrolls. Mark on base.

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