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Updated: 14 April 2015
Porcelain moon flask (baoyue ping) with two cloud-shaped handles. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze red, green and pale aubergine enamels. The design is of a flowering peach branch overhanging a stream, with iron red blossoms. Mark on neck.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 182 millimetres
- Width: 145 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionaround mouth rim
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Chenghua nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty Chenghua reign
Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:
Doucai flask with flowering peach branch
Although the shape of this 'moon' flask with flattened round body, tubular neck and cloud scroll handles is centuries old, referring to the porcelain bian hu first made at Jingdezhen for the Yongle emperor (AD1403—24) (see case 56), the decoration in terms of palette and technical skill is an innovation of the Yongzheng reign but echoes the doucai style of the Chenghua era. The detail used in the painting is remarkable, reflecting both the court commissioning of this piece and the supervision of its manufacture at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. The neck carries an underglaze blue six-character apocryphal Chenghua mark.
Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period, AD1723–35
PDF card: Acquired before 1935
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Object reference number: RRC39642
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