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Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling day lilies between parallel blue lines. Similar scrolling lilies inside and stylised flowerhead in double circle in the centre. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 70 millimetres
- Diameter: 149 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming ChenghuaRoom 95 label text:
‘Palace’ bowls with daylilies
This palace bowls show daylilies, recognised by their five petals, three sepals and long thin leaves. Daylilies are called 萱草 (xuancao), and are a rebus for many sons and grandsons. Arguably the emperor was more concerned with his succession in the later part of his reign and porcelains with decoration related to fertility and sons became more popular. He had only one surviving son who went on to succeed him to the throne as the Hongzhi emperor (AD 1488–1505). Archaeologists have excavated similar bowls from a late Chenghua era context at Jingdezhen of about AD 1482 to 1487.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD1465–87
Margaret Medley 1976 records: From the Wu Laixi (Wu Lai-hsi) Collection. PDF card: Wu Lai-hsi Collection, Peking
Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling day lilies between parallel blue lines. Similar scrolling lilies inside and stylised flowerhead in double circle in the centre. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39554
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