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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.682

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of large scale fruit sprays above narrower band of small flower sprays. Band of classic scrolls around foot. Similar flower sprays around inside cavetto and central roundel with fruit spray. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 80 millimetres
    • Diameter: 228 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da ming xuane 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
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B682

    Blue-and-white bowl with flowers and fruits


    Although in the previous Yongle period (AD 1403–24) a four-character reign mark was sometimes used, the development of what became the standardised six-character reign mark began in the Xuande era as the result of direct official supervision and control of the imperial kilns by the court. Horizontal marks are read from right to left with the name of the dynasty, emperor’s reign name and the characters for ‘made in the years of’. Vertical marks are generally read from top to bottom and right to left. This bowl painted with fruits and flowers has a six-character Xuande reign mark on the base 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. 88 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.69, no.B682, pl.XIV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.95, no.B682 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp32-33, no.8 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case18/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired Sotheby sale June 16, 1939 lot 92. via Norton £40. Major L. F. Hay Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.682

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of large scale fruit sprays above narrower band of small flower sprays. Band of classic scrolls around foot. Similar flower sprays around inside cavetto and central roundel with fruit spray. Inscription on base.

Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of large scale fruit sprays above narrower band of small flower sprays. Band of classic scrolls around foot. Similar flower sprays around inside cavetto and central roundel with fruit spray. Inscription on base.

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