Set of 18 sweetmeat porcelain dishes of rhomboid form, arranged in two concentric circles around a central round porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with cranes flying in clouds in outer group of porcelain dishes, song birds perched on flowering branches on next group, and shou (long life) character with two stylised dragons around it in central porcelain dish. Inscriptions on bases.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base of each dish
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Longqing nian zhi
Inscription Translationmade in the Ming dynasty Longqing reign period
Published PDF date : Ming Longqing 1567-1572Room 95 label text:
Set of blue-and white serving dishes
Longqing (AD1567–72) ceramics are particularly rare as the emperor only reigned for six years. Stylistically they relate closely to Jiajing and Wanli imperial wares. This set of eighteen blue-and white serving dishes is arranged in two concentric circles around a central round porcelain dish. In the outer ring underglaze blue cranes are shown flying among clouds, in the inner ring birds are perched on flowering branches and the central dish is painted with a shou (long life) character with two stylised dragons around it. Each dish has a Longqing reign mark which reads大明隆慶年製 on the back.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Longqing mark and period, AD 1567–1572
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Object reference number: RRC40012
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