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garden-seat

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.660

  • Description

    Large hollow porcelain garden seat of drum form, with wide pierced waist. Openwork piercing and underglaze blue with carved blue dragon enclosing a flaming pearl on the top. Wide band of dragons in ogival panels below, and large band of pierced overlapping rings around middle, with dense pattern of scrolling leaves and flowers.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 460 millimetres
    • Diameter: 345 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli late 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B660

    Barrel-shaped blue-and-white stool


    This seat is decorated with dragons and is of a very fine quality. This type of zuodun stool is often called a garden seat in English but they were made for both indoor and outdoor use. Gardens and courtyards are integral to traditional Chinese buildings. Barrel-shaped stools were made in cane from the Song to the Qing dynasty. The form ultimately derives from Chinese drums which had skins stretched across the top and tightened using nails or pegs.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 168 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.65, no.B660, pl.XIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.70, no.55 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.90, B660 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 104-105, no. 44 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case22/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.660

Large hollow porcelain garden seat of drum form, with wide pierced waist. Openwork piercing and underglaze blue with carved blue dragon enclosing a flaming pearl on the top. Wide band of dragons in ogival panels below, and large band of pierced overlapping rings around middle, with dense pattern of scrolling leaves and flowers.

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