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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 45 millimetres
- Diameter: 200 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Zhengde mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:
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
PDF card: Acquired before 1934
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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