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Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling hibiscus flowers and leaves between pairs of blue lines on both inside and outside. Floral roundel in centre inside. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 70 millimetres
- Diameter: 146 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 musk mallow flowers
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 is painted with a design of four musk mallow flowers, recognised by their trumpeting flowers with five petals and jagged edge leaves. The design is archaistic having first appeared on blue-and-white porcelain in the Yongle era (AD1403–24). There are two slightly different versions of this pattern extant.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD1465–87
Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling hibiscus flowers and leaves between pairs of blue lines on both inside and outside. Floral roundel in centre inside. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39552
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