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Updated: 14 April 2015
jar / cover
Covered porcelain jar with domed cover and round knop. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling long-stemmed flowers between bands of lotus panels. Large lotus leaf on lid painted in two shades of blue and knop painted to resemble flower bud. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 139 millimetres
- Diameter: 129 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Great Ming dynasty Wanli period
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-white jar with cover
The organisation of production at Jingdezhen changed radically during the Jiajing to Wanli (AD 1522–1620) era. After 1530, the palace no longer sent officials directly to supervise the kilns. Local officials and members of the Board of Works then alternated that role. Potters produced a wider variety of forms and designs and in larger numbers than at any previous period in Jingdezhen’s history. Despite some individual court orders of more than 100,000 items, the imperial quota accounted for just one per cent of the total output.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
Covered porcelain jar with domed cover and round knop. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling long-stemmed flowers between bands of lotus panels. Large lotus leaf on lid painted in two shades of blue and knop painted to resemble flower bud. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39582
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