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Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling baoxiang flowers around sides, above a band of stylised ruyi around foot. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 64 millimetres
- Diameter: 155 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa ming chenghua nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade during the Chenghua reign of the Great Ming dynasty.
Inscription CommentSix-character Chenghua mark in a double square in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming ChenghuaRoom 95 label text:
‘Palace’ bowl with formal lotus flowers
Chenghua bowls, decorated with 寳相花 (baoxianghua ‘formal lotus scrolls’) are the only kind of ‘palace’ bowl to bear a square mark rather than one enclosed by a double ring. This design was copied in highly stylised versions in several Qing dynasty reigns from the Kangxi period (AD 1662–1722) onwards.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD1465–87
Margaret Medley 1976 records: From the Wu Laixi (Wu Lai-hsi), Eumorfopoulos and Major L. F. Hay Collections. PDF card: Wu Lai-hsi, Peking, G. Eumorfopoulos and Major L. F. Hay Collections.
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Object reference number: RRC39945
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