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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.659

  • Description

    Globular porcelain jar. Underglaze blue with scrolling lotus and chrysanthemum flowers. Bands of leaf sprays around shoulder. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 123 millimetres
    • Diameter: 146 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B659

    Blue-and-white jar with flowers


    The Xuande emperor ruled China for just ten years in an era of relative social stability and economic prosperity, which led to great creativity in the arts and experimentation at Jingdezhen with different shapes and decorative styles. Literally millions of porcelain table wares and ritual vessels were made. The kilns’ output was staggering in terms of quantity but also with regard to quality of glaze and variety of forms. The jar 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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.65, no.B659, pl.XIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.90, no.B659 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case18/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Purchased by W. Winkworth in Queen Road Bayswater, 1915. Sold to Warmington who later sold it to Bluett. Acquired from Bluett.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.659

Globular porcelain jar. Underglaze blue with scrolling lotus and chrysanthemum flowers. Bands of leaf sprays around shoulder. Inscription on base.

Globular porcelain jar. Underglaze blue with scrolling lotus and chrysanthemum flowers. Bands of leaf sprays around shoulder. Inscription on base.

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