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  • Museum number


  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 193 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da ming chenghua nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made during the Chenghua reign of the Great Ming dynasty.
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming ChenghuaRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B680

    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


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 50 and p. 311 (Mark p.276) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.69, no.B680, pl.XIV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.94, no.B680 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc57/s2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    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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