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Porcelain bottle of yuhuchun ping form with flaring mouth rim. Underglaze blue with two song birds on a flowering prunus branch. Bands of scrolling flowers and scrolls on neck. Ruyi heads just below mouth rim, squared spirals on the foot and plantain leaves rising from the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 335 millimetres
- Diameter: 186 millimetres
Published PDF date : Ming early 15th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Blue-and-white bottle with a pair of birds
Following the earlier Yuan tradition, the decoration of this 玉壺春瓶 (yuhuchun ping ‘bottle’) is divided into horizontal bands with the most important scene around the centre. It is beautifully painted with two birds turning towards each other, perched on a flowering prunus branch which encircles its sides. Craftsmen used imported cobalt which fired unevenly, giving shades of blue ranging from pale blue to almost black, resulting in a “heaped and piled” effect. There are dense areas, lightly applied areas and parts such as the birds tummies left white with just a blue outline.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Yongle period, AD 1403–24
2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: 50 years that changed China'
Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Wu Laixi (Wu Lai-hsi) Collection, Peking. PDF card: Wu Lai-hsi Collection, Peking
Porcelain bottle vase of yuhuchun form, with a pear-shaped body, narrow neck and flaring mouth rim. Decorated in underglaze blue. Band of lingzhi fungi below the mouth rim, plantain leaves and lotus flowers on the neck, and lily plants with a butterfly on the body. Glazed base.
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Object reference number: RRC39520
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