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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.640

  • Description

    Large porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of two five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds. Stylised cloud form in a double circle inside, with classic scrolls around the rim. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 92 millimetres
    • Diameter: 212 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 A640

    Bowl with two dragons chasing flaming pearls


    This blue-and-white porcelain bowl, made at the imperial kilns, is of the finest quality, demonstrating all the characteristics of the Chenghua era. The underglaze blue cobalt pigment is finely ground and applied in an even design with blue washes and fine detail. The glaze colour is subtle and blue-tinged, with a slight yellowish cast on the base. The porcelain itself is refined and smooth.


    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 Colour pl. 51 and p. 311 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.42, no.A640, pl.VII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 60-61, no.A640 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 62-63, no. 23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case57-2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 5th June 1934. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 15, p.20, Lot 33. £55. Bluett & Sons Exhibition: "Old Chinese Pottery and Porcelain Recently Collected in China by Mr Peter Boode of The Hague".

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.640

Large porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of two five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds. Stylised cloud form in a double circle inside, with classic scrolls around the rim. Inscription on base.

Large porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of two five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds. Stylised cloud form in a double circle inside, with classic scrolls around the rim. Inscription on base.

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