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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 80 millimetres
- Diameter: 228 millimetres
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa ming xuane 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
Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:
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
PDF card: Acquired Sotheby sale June 16, 1939 lot 92. via Norton £40. Major L. F. Hay Collection
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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Object reference number: RRC39946
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