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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 95 millimetres
- Width: 137 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Chenghua mark in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39628
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