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Porcelain ewer in the form of an elongated pomegranate with branch-shaped spout with applied leaves and star-shaped mouth rim. Underglaze blue with bulb-shaped panels with insects among flowers and open pomegranate fruits. Cloud and ruyi-shaped motifs on upper section. Base unglazed.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 192 millimetres
- Width: 145 millimetres
- Depth: 119 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming ca. 1600Room 95 label text:
Pomegranate-shaped kraak-style ewer
The ewer is in the form of an elongated pomegranate. The spout is in the form of a leafy branch. As demand for the court declined, Jingdezhen potters eagerly accepted orders from middle-class customers in China, as well as exporting wares to Europe and Japan. Workers mined new sources of inferior-quality clay. This clay had a less good fit with the glaze and is characterised by tiny frits (chips) where the glaze is thin such as at the rim. This type of porcelain with panel-style decoration is known as kraak.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620
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Object reference number: RRC39566
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