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Rectangular writing porcelain box. Underglaze blue with primary scene in ogival panel on cover of a scholar seated in front of a screen with attendants. Similar scenes in rectangular panels around sides, on dense diaper ground. Large spray of five flowers and leaves . Large fruiting tree on bank of a river on lower inside part. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 88 millimetres
- Width: 308 millimetres
- Depth: 217 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon the base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Great Ming dynasty Wanli reign
Published PDF date : Ming WanliRoom 95 label text:
Box and cover with figure scenes
This rectangular box, constructed from thick slabs of porcelain clay, has a cover which fits over the sides of its tray and rests on the top of the protruding rectangular base. It is decorated on the cover with a scholar seated in front of a screen with attendants in a garden, and around the sides with related scenes of scholars and their servants. Potters at Jingdezhen used a wider range of figural subjects in the sixteenth century than in earlier times. Although most potters would have been illiterate, this increase in the diversity of figural scenes may indirectly be a response to the wider circulation of illustrated woodblock-printed stories, novels and plays written in the easier to understand vernacular, as opposed to classical, Chinese.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD1573–1620
Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection. PDF card: Acquired via Sotheby 6 June 1935 lot 87, Yamanaka £180. Charles Russell Collection.
Rectangular writing porcelain box. Underglaze blue with primary scene in ogival panel on cover of a scholar seated in front of a screen with attendants. Similar scenes in rectangular panels around sides, on dense diaper ground. Large spray of five flowers and leaves . Large fruiting tree on bank of a river on lower inside part. Inscription on base.
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