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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.622

  • Description

    Small porcelain bowl with straight sides. Wide band of pierced openwork around sides, with four inset underglaze blue roundels containing a flying phoenix. At the top of the openwork band are four small roundels with pierced characters. Band of scrolling flowers below rim and above foot. Inscription on unglazed base. A pair with B621.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1573-1620
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 53 millimetres
    • Diameter: 88 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Content

        福壽康寧
      • Inscription Transliteration

        fu shou kang ning
      • Inscription Translation

        good fortune and health be with you.
      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明萬曆年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Wanli nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Great Ming dynasty Wanli reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF B622

    Bowl with pierced openwork


    This small porcelain bowl has four roundels framing flying phoenix with openwork and characters. The characters read 福壽康寧 (fu shou kang ning 'good fortune and health be with you'). The base carries a Wanli reign mark in underglaze blue.


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

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  • Bibliography

    • Hippisley 1902 bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.36, no.74 (pair) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.57, no.B622, pl.XI bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.82, no.74 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 106-107, no. 45 (right) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 pp 81-82, no. B622 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case20/sh6

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    15 June 2010

    Treatment proposal

    Metal rim on foot ring is loose

    Condition

    The foot ring is wrapped in a metal 'sheath'. The metal is blackened, probably silver. There are occasional dents and breaks in the metal. It is loose on the ceramic but will not easily become detached.

    Treatment details

    Used HMG heatproof and waterproof adhesive (cellulose nitrate) applied to the inner rim of the metal to reattach it to the ceramic base. Used Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) applied on a sable brush to thin and clean away the excess adhesive. Very lightly wiped over the metal with a soft cloth base to clean it but made no attempt to remove the tarnish.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Medley 1976 records: From the Hippisley Collection. PDF card: Hippisley Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.622

Small porcelain bowl with straight sides. Wide band of pierced openwork around sides, with four inset underglaze blue roundels containing a flying phoenix. At the top of the openwork band are four small roundels with pierced characters. Band of scrolling flowers below rim and above foot. Inscription on unglazed base. A pair with B621.

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