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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.646

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 millimetres
    • Diameter: 146 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 A646

    ‘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

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Pierson 1995 p. 22, no.1 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.43, no.A646, pl.VII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.62, no.A646 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.77, no.67 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 72-73, no. 28 (TOP) 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.646

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.

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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