Porcelain dish. Decorated on the exterior in overglaze iron-red enamel with four fruit and flower sprays.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 39 millimetres
- Diameter: 154 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationZhengde nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade during the Zhengde reign
Inscription CommentFour-character Zhengde mark in a double circle in red enamel on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:
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
13 January 2010
Reason for treatment
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.
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.
Margaret Medley 1975 records: Acquired in 1966. PDF card: Acquired via Sotheby in 1966 for £50.
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Object reference number: RRC39976
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