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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.682

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 122 millimetres
    • Diameter: 155 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 A682

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 124 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 143, pl. CXLII bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.50, no.A682, pl.IX bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.71, no.A682 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.78, no.68 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 84-85, no. 34 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case57-2

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 March 2009

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Steam clean dirt from glaze

    Condition

    object is in a stable condition. Dirt can be seen within scratches on upper surface of glazed rim.

    Treatment details

    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.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.682

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.

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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