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  • Description

    Porcelain dish. Decorated on the exterior in overglaze iron-red enamel with four fruit and flower sprays.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1506-1521
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 39 millimetres
    • Diameter: 154 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhengde nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made during the Zhengde reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Zhengde mark in a double circle in red enamel on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:

    PDF B712

    Dish with fruit and flower sprays

    The base has a four-character iron-red Zhengde reign mark.

    Porcelain with iron-red enamel decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period AD 1506–1521


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 60 and p. 313 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.22, no.40 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.79, no.B712, colour p.63 bibliographic details
  • Location


  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    13 January 2010

    Treatment proposal

    Overpaint needs investigating.


    Prior to treatment 95% of the dish had been overpainted with a spray paint which although had not discoloured was beginning to peel at the edges.

    When removed it was revealed that this overpaint had been used to cover up two exterior chips to the rim and a running crack.

    Treatment details

    The extensive overpaint could not be removed through acetone or IMS and so the dish was subjected to poultices of Nitromors applied with cotton wool and covered with aluminium foil to decrease evaporation. The interior was cleaned of overpaint first to assess the extent of the damage and when only a running crack was revealed, the exterior of the dish was cleaned in the same way. The removal of all the overpaint revealed a running crack and two exterior chips to the rim which were overfilled with yellowed epoxy.

    These old fills were removed again using Nitromors poulitces and using a steam cleaner with distilled water.

    Through a number of applications of Nitromors and steam cleaning, a small amount of yellowed epoxy was left in the running crack.

    The chips were filled with Fynebond - an epoxy resin mixed with fumed silica and pigments. Cut back with a scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1975 records: Acquired in 1966. PDF card: Acquired via Sotheby in 1966 for £50.

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Porcelain saucer. Decorated on the outside in overglaze iron-red enamel with four fruit and flower sprays.

Porcelain saucer. Decorated on the outside in overglaze iron-red enamel with four fruit and flower sprays.

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