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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.706

  • Description

    Wide-based porcelain bowl. Decorated outside with two five-clawed dragons in underglaze blue among red enamel painted clouds. Band of key-fret below rim. Inside, three five-clawed dragons among clouds incised under glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 64 millimetres
    • Diameter: 157 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Zhengde mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming ZhengdeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A706

    Bowl with dragon


    This bowl is painted beneath the glaze with blue dragons chasing a flaming pearl and over the glaze with iron-red enamels for the clouds. It has a four-character Zhengde reign mark on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze iron-red decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, AD 1506–21

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 126 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case19/sh4

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    9 March 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, dismantle, restick, fill chip

    Condition

    Old restorations with chips around the break edges, inside and outside. Old adhesive has stained yellow with age, and excess adhesive on original surface. Running crack stained yellow/borwn. Running crack from bonded sherds. Light surface dirt.

    Treatment details

    Glazed surface cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on cotton wool swabs and dried with a paper towel. Dismantled sherds using Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) on cotton wool and covered with cling film. Removed cotton wool and picked excess adhesive out with a scalpel. Steam cleaned break edges and running crack a number of times with de-ionised water to remove ingrained dirt, dried with paper towels. Allowed to dry fully for one week under a cover to prevent dirt and dust contaminating the clean chips. Gap filled with Fynebond epoxy resin which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. Resin was applied with a metal spatula, allowed to cure fully for 2 days, then softened with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) on a cotton wool swabs and shaved back to the correct size. Resin was allowed to cure for a further 2 days before being polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. One area did not steam clean well, and still showed through after gap filling this area was retouched using Golden porcelain restoration glaze and Golden airbrush liquid colours. Object was further cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.706

Wide-based porcelain bowl. Decorated outside with two five-clawed dragons in underglaze blue among red enamel painted clouds. Band of key-fret below rim. Inside, three five-clawed dragons among clouds incised under glaze.

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