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Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two five-clawed dragons among floral scrolls on the exterior and on inside cavetto. Five-clawed dragon among floral scrolls in a roundel on the interior. Cloud motif band on foot. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 41 millimetres
- Diameter: 194 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription CommentZhengde reign mark
Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:
Dish 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. This 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
Medley 1976 records: From the Eurmorfopoulos Collection and illustrated by Hobson in the catalogue, Vol 4, pl. 7. PDF card: Eumorfopoulos Collection
Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two five-clawed dragons among floral scrolls on the outside and on inside cavetto. Five-clawed dragon among floral scrolls in a roundel on the inside. Cloud motif band on foot. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39558
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