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brush-rest

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.720

  • Description

    Brush-rest of openwork porcelain in form of three dragons atop a narrow rectangular pedestal foot. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels; central larger dragon in blue, and flanking dragons yellow and green. Glazed base, with mark.

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 95 millimetres
    • Width: 137 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF A720

    Mountain-shaped brush rest with dragons


    This mountain shaped brush rest is a well-known type but it is unusual for three main features. Firstly the enamel decoration is not typical wucai-style, secondly there is a lot of grit adhering to the foot and thirdly where there should be a Wanli mark there is an apocryphal Chenghua mark. These facts may point to the mountain shaped brush rest being a Qing or even a Japanese copy of a sixteenth-century object.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue, and overglaze wucai enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620 or Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Feng 2006 p.54, no.A720 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 pp 36-37, no.106 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case27/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.720

brush-rest of openwork porcelain in form of three dragons atop a narrow rectangular pedestal foot. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels; central larger dragon in blue, and flanking dragons yellow and green. Glazed base, with mark.

brush-rest of openwork porcelain in form of three dragons atop a narrow rectangular pedestal foot. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels; central larger dragon in blue, and flanking dragons yellow and green. Glazed base, with mark.

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