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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.647

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling flowers and leaves above a band of overlapping petals. Wide band of scrolling flowers and leaves on inside, including peony and camellia. Roundel with single chrysanthemum in centre. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 millimetres
    • Diameter: 153 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming ChenghuaRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A647

    ‘Palace’ bowl with flowers of the four seasons


    Porcelain decorators at the imperial kilns painted the cobalt blue motifs in smooth washes of varying thickness, creating scrolling flower and leaf designs. The cobalt is finely pulverised and evenly applied, in contrast to the fourteenth and early fifteenth century when unevenly ground cobalt fired black in some areas and pale blue in others. This bowl shows gardenia scrolls outside and inside is a composite flower scroll of the four seasonal flowers.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD1465–87

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 108 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.43, no.A647 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.62, no.A647, front cover (reign mark, p.115) bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 72-73, no.36 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc57/s1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.647

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling flowers and leaves above a band of overlapping petals. Wide band of scrolling flowers and leaves on inside, including peony and camellia. Roundel with single chrysanthemum in centre. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling flowers and leaves above a band of overlapping petals. Wide band of scrolling flowers and leaves on inside, including peony and camellia. Roundel with single chrysanthemum in centre. Inscription on base.

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