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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.683

  • Description

    Porcelain dish with lobed sides and bracket-lobed rim. Underglaze blue with flower spray in each lobe outside . Similar flower sprays inside cavetto, with ogival roundel with three scrolling flowers in centre. Band of scrolling ruyi and leaves on rim. Unglazed base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1424
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 29 millimetres
    • Diameter: 198 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B683

    Dish with flowers


    Potters at Jingdezhen made what many consider to be the finest blue-and-white porcelains ever achieved in the the Yongle emperor’s reign for the court. These have a lustrous quality never before accomplished and despite numerous attempts never successfully imitated.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD1403–1424

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 77 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.69, no.B683, pl.XIV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.95, no.B683 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case17/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired from Yamanaka inn June 1938 for £35.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.683

Porcelain dish with lobed sides and bracket-lobed rim. Underglaze blue with flower spray in each lobe outside . Similar flower sprays inside cavetto, with ogival roundel with three scrolling flowers in centre. Band of scrolling ruyi and leaves on rim. Unglazed base.

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