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spittoon

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.685

  • Description

    Porcelain spittoon of zhadou form. Underglaze blue with wide band of turbulent waves with rocks around the body. Tall plaintain leaves on neck, above reduced cloud collars. Inscription on channelled base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 153 millimetres
    • Diameter: 161 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da ming xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made during the Xuande reign of the Great Ming dynasty.
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base inside the foot
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Xuande or mid 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B685

    Spittoon painted with crashing waves


    Zhadou (jar with bulbous body and flared rim) were used as spittoons, or vessels for leys or slops. The Xuande Emperor dispatched officials to directly supervise the manufacture of court-ordered porcelains at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen. Craftsmen at Jingdezhen thoroughly processed the local clay to remove any impurities. This resulted in highly refined clay which was purer, whiter, and finer in the early fifteenth century than in any other period of the Ming dynasty. The base carries a six-character Xuande reign mark in a double ring.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 107 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p.18, no.9 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.70, no.B685, pl.XV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 30-31, no.7 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 95-96, no.B685 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case18/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.685

Porcelain spittoon of zhadou form. Underglaze blue with wide band of turbulent waves with rocks around the body. Tall plaintain leaves on neck, above reduced cloud collars. Inscription on channelled base.

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