Porcelain dish with lobed sides and scalloped rim. Underglaze blue with dense band of waves above foot, and band of white flowers and rocks against dense spiral ground. Similar flowers and ground inside, with a large sea creature in the centre. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 38 millimetres
- Diameter: 147 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationHongguang yuannian Guangfu jiaqi
Inscription TranslationFine vessel for the Guang family mansion in the first year of Hongguang
Inscription CommentInscription reading 'Hongguang yuannian Guangfu jiaqi' (Fine vessel for the Guang family mansion in the first year of Hongguang) in a double circle on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Hongguang 1644-1645Room 95 label text:
Dish with sea creature and inscription
This dish is decorated with a dense blue design of a sea creature against a ground of waves and flowers. On the base is an inscription reading 弘光元年曠府佳器 (Hongguang yuannian Guangfu jiaqi ‘Fine vessel for the Guang family mansion in the first year of Hongguang [AD 1644]’) in a double circle on the base. Dishes with this type of decoration but with apocryphal Jiajing marks have been found on the Hatcher shipwreck dateable to about AD 1640–1644.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty or Republican period, about AD 1900–1949
Porcelain dish with lobed sides and scalloped rim. Underglaze blue with dense band of waves above foot, and band of white flowers and rocks against dense spiral ground. Similar flowers and ground inside, with a large sea creature in the centre. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39909
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