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Vessel in the form of a zhadou or 'leys porcelain jar', with wide flaring neck. Underglaze blue with scrolling five-clawed dragons amid lotus flowers around the interior and upper part of the interior. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 122 millimetres
- Diameter: 155 millimetres
Inscription CommentFour-character Zhengde mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming ZhengdeRoom 95 label text:
Zhadou jar with dragons amid lotus scrolls
In the Chenghua era, officials closely supervised production of court orders at Jingdezhen. Twenty years later, the number of kilns producing porcelain for the court had increased dramatically and standards had declined because non-official kilns also supplied the court. The design of five-clawed dragons amid dense lotus scroll is based on an early fifteenth century pattern. Potters making the Zhengde examples used poorer quality raw materials, the potting was less sophisticated and the underglaze design not so well drawn.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period AD 1506–21
20 March 2009
Reason for treatment
Steam clean dirt from glaze
object is in a stable condition. Dirt can be seen within scratches on upper surface of glazed rim.
To remove the dirt from the upper surface of the glaze the following methods were tried: steam cleaning; Ariel automatic (anionic and non ionic synthetic surfactants,sodium tripolyphosphate) applied with a stencil brush; Autosol metal polish (emulsified blend of abrasives,emulsifiers & mineral oil hydrocarbons) applied with cottonwool swab. Residues of the above were removed with de-ionised water and a few drops of Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate), using cotton wool. The surface was then rinsed with distilled water on cotton wool and the surface wiped with a dry Kleenex tissue to remove any remaining distilled water. None of the above methods had a significant affect on the appearance of the surface.
Vessel in the form of a zhadou or 'leys porcelain jar', with wide flaring neck. Underglaze blue with scrolling five-clawed dragons amid lotus flowers around the inside and upper part of the inside. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39590
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