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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.641

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1900-1949
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 147 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        弘光元年曠府佳器
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hongguang yuannian Guangfu jiaqi
      • Inscription Translation

        Fine vessel for the Guang family mansion in the first year of Hongguang
      • Inscription Comment

        Inscription 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
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Hongguang 1644-1645Room 95 label text:

    PDF B641

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.62, no.B641, pl.XIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.86, no.B641 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 66-67, no.23 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh10

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.641

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.

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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