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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.681

  • Description

    Large porcelain vase of ancient bronze form with two handles with rings at the neck. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers above band of lotus petals. Stylised leaves and heart-shaped panels on shoulder, ruyi motifs on the foot, and square panel with inscription between the handles.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 455 millimetres
    • Diameter: 190 millimetres
    • Diameter: 160 millimetres (base)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Zhengde mark written horizontally in a square panel in underglaze blue on the neck
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming ZhengdeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A681

    Blue-and-white vase with lotus scrolls


    Potters based the form of this large blue-and-white vase on a bronze altar vase. The handles on either side have porcelain rings attached. The body is decorated with a traditional lotus scroll design. It is marked with a six-character Zhengde reign mark.


    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 1976 p.50, no.A681, pl.IX bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 70-71, no.A681 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case19/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 27th April 1933. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 14, p.206, Lot 169. £88. Purchased at Sotheby's, 25th-26th April 1933 from the Stephen D. Winkworth Collection Sale.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.681

Large porcelain vase of ancient bronze form with two handles with rings at the neck. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers above band of lotus petals. Stylised leaves and heart-shaped panels on shoulder, ruyi motifs on the foot, and square panel with inscription between the handles.

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