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  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Covered outside with red enamel with remnants of gilt (kinrande) phoenixes among floral scrolls. Plain white inside and on base, with inscription.

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    • 1522-1566
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 87 millimetres
    • Diameter: 178 millimetres
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        Jiajing mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF A554

    Bowl with red glaze

    Potters applied a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Jiajing period to the base and then covered the whole bowl in a transparent glaze. It was then covered with an iron-red glaze and fired at a lower temperature to fix this red colour. In the sixteenth century, potters generally made low-fired overglaze iron-red monochromes rather than high-fired copper-red porcelains as they were much easier to control and caused less wastage when completing imperial orders. Iron-red sits nearer to the surface over the glaze, and appears rather matt. It is easily worn. There are also remnants of gilt (kinrande) phoenixes among floral scrolls over the glaze.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue, transparent glaze and iron-red glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.36, no.A554 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.37, no.A554 bibliographic details
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    Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 2nd July 1930. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 13, p.185, no. 0394. £37:10. Bluett's purchased this bowl from Wannieck on 8th October 1929.

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