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stemmed bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.636

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 103 millimetres
    • Diameter: 98 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double ring in underglaze blue on the outside below the mouth
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:

    PDF A636

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 90 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.41, no.A636, pl.VI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.60, no.A636 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 48-49, no.16 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case59-2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    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.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.636

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.

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