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Updated: 14 April 2015
Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two horizontal five-clawed dragons amid scrolling lotus flowers and leaves. Band of classic scrolls around foot. Two similar dragons amid scrolling lotus around inside cavetto and a further dragon in central roundel. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 38 millimetres
- Diameter: 193 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 circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming ChenghuaRoom 95 label text:
Dish with dragons amid lotus scrolls
In the Chenghua era, officials closely supervised production of court orders at Jingdezhen. This dish has a design of five-clawed dragons amid dense lotus scrolls, which was thereafter produced for many years. The Cheghua example is beautifully painted in blue washes.
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, 1975 records: From the Major L. F. Hay Collection. PDF card: Acquired via Norton £105 Sotheby sale June 16, 1939 lot 94. Major L. F. Hay Collection
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Object reference number: RRC39944
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