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Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with a band of scrolling lotus flowers around sides and inside cavetto. Roundel with lotus flower and leaves in centre. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 30 millimetres
- Diameter: 123 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark
Published PDF date : Ming second half 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Dish painted with formal lotus
The Xuande Emperor dispatched officials to directly supervise the manufacture of court-ordered porcelains at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen. Craftsmen at Jingdezhen thoroughly processed the local clay to remove any impurities. This resulted in highly refined clay which was purer, whiter, and finer in the early fifteenth century than in any other period of the Ming dynasty.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35
Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with a band of scrolling lotus flowers around sides and inside cavetto. Roundel with lotus flower and leaves in centre. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39585
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