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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 153 millimetres
- Diameter: 161 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa ming xuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade during the Xuande reign of the Great Ming dynasty.
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base inside the foot
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande or mid 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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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Object reference number: RRC39949
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