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Porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers above a band of flowers sprays. Band of four fruit sprays on shoulder: peach, apple, pomegranate and lychee. Blue parallel lines separate the bands.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 314 millimetres
- Diameter: 200 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Meiping with lotus scroll
Potters produced porcelains using new technologies, decorative schemes and forms in the Yongle era. They ground imported cobalt and applied it in solution to the porcelain body before glazing and firing at a high-temperature. This cobalt fires unevenly but generates a deep blue colour. The design is controlled and shows a broad band of formal scrolling lotus flowers bordered by fruit sprays (plum, peach, lychee and pomegranate) around the shoulder, and individual flower sprays around the foot (chrysanthemum, peony, flowering pomegranate and rose).
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24
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Object reference number: RRC39545
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