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Updated: 14 April 2015
Porcelain bowl. The bowl has rich copper red glaze, white at the rim. There is an inscription on the base, which is glazed.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 82 millimetres
- Diameter: 187 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double ring in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Xuande 1426-1435Room 95 label text:
Bowl with copper-red glaze
‘Sacrificial’, fresh or deep red monochrome-glazed porcelain of the Yongle and Xuande era represents the peak of technical achievement at Jingdezhen. As vessels ordered for ritual use by the early fifteenth century Ming emperors, they enjoy a status above that of other porcelains. The skills used to create these extraordinary red glazes were lost in China from the mid-fifteenth century until they were rediscovered in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The glaze has ‘crept’ at the rim of the bowls to reveal the pure whiteness of the porcelain body. The glassy glaze is covered in tiny pin prick holes like skin pores and the colour possesses an incredible powdery depth, yielding layer upon layer of strong red shades of colour.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and copper-red glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35
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Object reference number: RRC39430
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