Ten-lobed round porcelain box . Underglaze blue with vertical five-clawed dragon alternately rising and descending on each lobe, pursuing a flaming pearl with rocks and waves. Concentric petal design forming stylised flower on lid. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 130 millimetres
- Diameter: 148 millimetres
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty Wanli reign
Published PDF date : Ming WanliRoom 95 label text:
Lobed box with dragons
Government kilns had access to the finest raw materials including imported cobalt. Imported cobalt is far superior to the blue pigment found locally to Jingdezhen in, for example, Leping 樂平 and Ruizhou 瑞州. After grinding for a long time, it appeared almost deep purple when fired beneath a transparent blue-tinged glaze. The form of this box is very unusual. It is decorated around the outside with five-clawed dragons alternately rising and descending on each lobe, pursuing a flaming pearl with rocks and waves. Potters decorated the cover with a concentric petal design forming a flower.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD1573–1620
Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the S. K. de Forest Collection. PDF card: S. K. de Forest Collection
Ten-lobed round porcelain box . Underglaze blue with vertical five-clawed dragon alternately rising and descending on each lobe, pursuing a flaming pearl with rocks and waves. Concentric petal design forming stylised flower on lid. Inscription on base.
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