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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.740

  • Description

    Porcelain dish painted with iron brown enamel against a white ground. Inside, incised single spray of gardenia in the centre with four flower and fruit sprays in the cavetto, including grapevine, lotus, pomegranate and persimmon. Outside incised with band of scrolling gardenia sprays. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1488-1505
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 55 millimetres
    • Diameter: 260 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明弘治年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Hongzhi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Hongzhi reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Hongzhi 1488-1505Room 95 label text:

    PDF A740

    Dish with fruiting and flowering branches


    Potters painted flowering gardenia in the centre. There are four flower and fruit sprays in the cavetto, including grapevine, lotus, pomegranate and persimmon. Outside it is incised with a band of scrolling gardenia. The combination of iron-brown on a white ground is unusual but was a technique invented in the early fifteenth century. The base has a six-character underglaze cobalt-blue Hongzhi reign mark.


    Porcelain with incised decoration, underglaze cobalt-blue mark and overglaze iron- brown
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Hongzhi mark and period, AD 1488–1505

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 58 and p. 312 (Mark p. 277) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.19, no.27 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.58, no.A740 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 64-65, no. 23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case25/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.740

Porcelain dish painted with iron brown enamel against a white ground. Inside, incised single spray of gardenia in the centre with four flower and fruit sprays in the cavetto, including grapevine, lotus, pomegranate and persimmon. Outside incised with band of scrolling gardenia sprays. Mark on base.

Porcelain dish painted with iron brown enamel against a white ground. Inside, incised single spray of gardenia in the centre with four flower and fruit sprays in the cavetto, including grapevine, lotus, pomegranate and persimmon. Outside incised with band of scrolling gardenia sprays. Mark on base.

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