Stemmed porcelain bowl with rounded body. Form based on ancient bronze dou. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling day lilies above petals rising from the base. Lotus roundel in a double circle inside. Horizontal inscription below external mouth rim.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 103 millimetres
- Diameter: 98 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double ring in underglaze blue on the outside below the mouth
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
Stemmed bowl with carnation scroll
This thickly-potted, globular, 豆 (dou ‘stemmed bowl’) is decorated with a continuous scroll of carnations with distinctive star-like flowers. Originally it would have had a domed cover with a bud-shaped finial. Archaeologists excavated identical stemmed bowls in the Xuande strata at Zhushan in Jingdezhen. Although in the previous Yongle period (AD 1403–24) a four-character reign mark was sometimes used, the development of what became the standardised six-character reign mark began in the Xuande era as the result of direct official supervision and control of the imperial kilns by the court. Horizontal marks are read from right to left with the name of the dynasty, emperor’s reign name and the characters for ‘made in the years of’. Vertical marks are generally read from top to bottom and right to left
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD 1426–35
On display: G95/dc59/s2
PDF card: Stanley Nott's Collection sold to Winkworth Collection by Mr Nott's daughter. Later sold to Bluett. Sir Percival David acquired the piece from Bluett.
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Object reference number: RRC39542
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