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  • bottle

    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...

    • Object type: bottle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongle; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1424
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly flared rim. The bowl has rich dark copper red glaze, bluish-white at the rim. There are traces of incised lotus panels around the base. There is a bluish white glaze on the base and inner wall...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongle; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1424
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • flask

    Large porcelain flask of bian hu form. Underglaze blue with large three-clawed dragon among scrolling lotus. Similar scrolling lotus on neck and squared spirals at the rim.

    • Object type: flask
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongle; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1424
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • flask

    Porcelain flask of baoyueping form with two cloud-shaped handles attached at the sides of the neck. Underglaze blue scene of a song bird on a flowering prunus branch on one side and a peach branch on the other. Stylised flower sprays on...

    • Object type: flask
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongle; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1424
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • flask

    Porcelain flask of baoyue form. Two strap-handles attached to the shoulder. Underglaze blue with dense geometrical pattern with central star-shaped motif and numerous hexagonal and triangular panels. Cloud collars with flowers around mouth....

    • Object type: flask
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1424
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • stem cup

    Porcelain stem cup with everted mouth-rim. The stem cup has a white body with a blue tinged glaze on the interior. There is an 'anhua' slip petal design on the interior.

    • Object type: stem cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1425-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • jar; cover

    Porcelain globular jar. There is a scrolling flower band of lotus, peony, chrysanthemum, camellia and hibiscus, above a band of overlapping lotus petals in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior, and a lotus roundel on the lid. There is a...

    • Object type: jar; cover
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with flaring sides and deep foot. There are squared spirals at the foot and the rim, separated lotus petals on the lower part of the body, and a medallion surrounded by flower heads and an arabesque band in the centre of the...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Large porcelain bowl (gang) with round sides and thickened straight rim. There are two fish dragons, waves and clouds around the body, and a band of classic scrolls between two double rings round the rim and the bottom. There is a mark on...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. The bowl has deep copper red glaze, white at the rim. There are lotus panels incised on the exterior at the base. There is a mark on base, which has a bluish-white glaze.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer dish. Inside in the centre, sketchy floral medallion enclosing reignmark, and sprays of peach, cherry, lychee and persimmons in the cavetto. On the exterior, four lotus sprays, all painted in overglaze yellow enamel on...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • spittoon

    Porcelain spittoon of zhadou form. Underglaze blue with wide band of turbulent waves with rocks around the body. Tall plaintain leaves on neck, above reduced cloud collars. Inscription on channelled base.

    • Object type: spittoon
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • jar

    Globular porcelain jar. Underglaze blue with scrolling lotus and chrysanthemum flowers. Bands of leaf sprays around shoulder. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • tankard

    Small porcelain tankard with round body and strap handle. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling flowers between lotus petals. Relief band at bottom of neck with stylised petals. Horizontal inscription on body.

    • Object type: tankard
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling Buddhist emblems supported on lotus flowers. Band of classic scrolls around the foot. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with the Three Friends of Winter (pines, prunus and bamboo) in underglaze blue. Horizontal inscription below the rim.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • meiping

    Small porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze blue with a wide band of scrolling peonies and two bands of overlapping lotus panels. Band of separated floral sprays on mouth. Main foot unglazed and secondary foot and base glazed.

    • Object type: meiping
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1457
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish decorated in underglaze blue with five-clawed dragon and clouds roundel and incised waves. Parallel blue lines around inner and outer rim. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with A607.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • tankard

    Porcelain globular tankard with tall straight neck. There are scrolling lotus flowers in underglaze cobalt blue around the body, a band of squared spirals at the shoulder, and lappets and stylised leaves on the neck. There is a mark on the...

    • Object type: tankard
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a white body and blue-toned glaze. There is a petal panel incised on the exterior, flower scroll around the cavetto, and fruiting branch in the well. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with thick rounded sides and a low foot ring with a slightly recessed base. The bowl has mottled blue glaze with an orange peel texture on the exterior. There is an inscription in the centre under a colourless glaze.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. The saucer has turquoise glaze on the exterior, plain felspathic glaze on the interior. There are three incised clouds in centre, surrounded by two dragons pursuing pearls and a...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. The dish has a white body. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Decorated inside with flowering pomegranate spray in the centre within double circle, and four fruit sprays around the cavetto, all in underglaze blue against yellow ground, including peach, lychee, cherry and persimmon. The...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, everted mouthrim and wide foot. There are scrolling lotus flowers and leaves between a band of squared spirals at the mouthrim, a band of separated lotus flowers, classic scrolls around the foot, a roundel...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • flask

    Porcelain flask of double gourd form with flattened lower section, strap handles rising from the shoulder, and a rectangular foot. The flask has stylised flower and yin yang symbol in underglaze blue in the centre on one side of lower bulb,...

    • Object type: flask
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. The dish has dark copper red glaze, white at the rim and foot-ring. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with straight rim. The bowl has a white body with a blue tinged glaze. There is an incised double lotus-petal panel on the exterior, and an 'anhua' slip lotus scroll under the glaze on the interior.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with a band of scrolling lotus flowers around sides and inside cavetto. Roundel with lotus flower and leaves in centre. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Small porcelain dish. Underglaze blue outside with narrow band of scrolling flowers and leaves. Concentric bands of scrolling palmettes within strapwork borders. Raised roundel in the centre with similar palmette and strapwork design. There...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of large scale fruit sprays above narrower band of small flower sprays. Band of classic scrolls around foot. Similar flower sprays around inside cavetto and central roundel with fruit spray....

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with underglaze blue flower and fruit sprays around sides. Overlapping lotus panels rise from the foot, with flower sprays on the foot. Horizontal inscription just below rim.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Large porcelain bowl of 'dice bowl' form. Underglaze blue with two five-clawed dragons chasing a pearl. Band of waves at rim. Central roundel inside with inscription.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • stem cup

    Small stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with two winged beasts resembling a lion and an elephant in waves. Wide band of waves on stem. Inscription in central roundel inside.

    • Object type: stem cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • jar; cover

    Large porcelain jar with lid in the form of a lotus leaf and a knop in the form of a coiled dragon. Underglaze blue scrolling lotus flowers and lappets. Leaf veins with scrolling lingzhi on lid. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: jar; cover
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish decorated in underglaze blue with five-clawed dragon and clouds roundel and incised waves. Parallel blue lines around inner and outer rim. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with A606.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. The dish has a white body and copper red glaze and white at the rim. There is an inscription on the base, which is glazed.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish has yellow glaze over plain felspathic glaze. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Deep porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of five lions sporting with brocaded ball and ribbons, with auspicious symbols scattered around. Band of overlapping petal panels above foot. Central roundel inside with two similar lions....

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • stem cup

    Porcelain stem cup. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling flowers including lotus, chrysanthemum and camellia. Band of scrolling lingzhi on stem and narrow band of detached flower heads above base. Inscription inside in double...

    • Object type: stem cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers and leaves above narrow band of overlapping petals. Central roundel inside with single flower, and anhua slip floral scroll around cavetto. There is an inscription on...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Deep porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with the Three Friends of Winter in a landscape. Central roundel inside with similar Three Friends and rock motif. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Porcelain vase with lobed body. Underglaze blue with single lingzhi spray in each lobe between wide bands of lappets. Overlapping lotus petals on the mouth.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • jar; cover

    Small covered porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers. Classic scrolls and overlapping petals on lid, with a bud-shaped knop. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: jar; cover
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Lobed porcelain bowl with flattened sides. Underglaze blue with a dragon and clouds roundel in centre and outside with dragons in each lobe. Parallel blue lines around inner and outer rim. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • stem cup

    Large stem porcelain cup. Underglaze cobalt blue with scrolling fruit spray roundels above band of overlapping lotus panels. Two parallel blue lines around rim and above foot. Inscription inside porcelain bowl.

    • Object type: stem cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bird-feeder

    Small porcelain bird feeder in form of a horizontal trough with two circular openings. Two circular fittings afixed to one side. Underglaze blue with scrolling flowers around top and bottom. Reserved side panel with scrolling flower sprays...

    • Object type: bird-feeder
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with underglaze blue scrolling lotuses and phoenixes around sides and in the centre. Anhua decoration of two phoenixes painted lightly in slip on the cavetto. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl decorated in underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling peonies. Similar scrolling peonies on the interior. Decorative bands all delineated with parallel blue lines. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. The dish has a white body and deep cobalt blue glaze, almost white at the rim, and white glaze on the base. There are dragons moulded on the interior. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Small porcelain vase of bronze form with two dark blue mask handles. Underglaze blue with scrolling morning glories on neck and body. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Deep porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of five lions sporting with brocaded ball and ribbons, with auspicious symbols scattered around. Band of overlapping petal panels above foot. Central roundel inside with two similar lions....

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with flaring sides. Underglaze blue and red with two underglaze red incised five-clawed dragons amid blue clouds. Parallel blue lines around the interior rim, with inscription in the centre.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has rich copper red glaze, white at the rim. There is an inscription on the base, which is glazed.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Decorated with underglaze blue and overglaze iron red enamel. Two five-clawed dragons in red enamel around sides, among blue clouds. Band of turbulent blue waves around base. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cover; bowl

    Porcelain bowl with domed cover. There are two five-clawed dragons among clouds in underglaze cobalt blue on the sides and on the lid. There are marks inside the lid and the bowl.

    • Object type: cover; bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • stemmed bowl

    Stemmed porcelain bowl with rounded body. Form based on ancient bronze dou. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling day lilies above petals rising from the base. Lotus roundel in a double circle inside. Horizontal inscription below...

    • Object type: stemmed bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • stem cup

    Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue waves with incised dragons in reserve. Groups of rocks rising from base. Inscription in roundel inside.

    • Object type: stem cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two horizontal five-clawed dragons on dense pale blue wave ground with rocks around the exterior. Inside in centre, a five-clawed dragon on similar wave ground. Anhua design around cavetto of two dragons...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • writing-box

    Oval writing box and cover. Underglaze blue with dense lattice pattern inset with ogival panels containing scrolling flowers. 'Three Friends of Winter', pine, prunus and bamboo, on inside of lid. Inside contains separate areas for porcelain...

    • Object type: writing-box
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • stem cup

    Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue and red with incised five-clawed dragons in red against blue waves. Anhua horizontal dragons painted in slip on the interior.

    • Object type: stem cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Longquan porcelain vase with a long cylindrical neck and flaring mouth. The vase has pale grey-green glaze. There are carved overlapping leaves on the neck, overlapping lotus petals around the lower part, above a raised rib, and a wide band...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1432
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • bowl

    Large porcelain bowl. Decorated in red and green overglaze enamels. Inside in the centre, a red dragon against a green ground enclosed in red double circle. Outside, two red dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds on green ground. There...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1435-1465
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • model; bell

    Cizhou-type stoneware model of a bell. The model has transparent glaze. There are the Eight Trigrams and their corresponding characters applied on the body.

    • Object type: model; bell
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1450-1620
    • Production place: China
  • incense-burner

    Longquan-type stoneware water-pot of ancient bronze lian form on three small 'cloud' feet. The water-pot has closely crackled grey-green glaze. There is a raised horizontal ring around the body.

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1450-1550
    • Production place: Zhejiang
  • bowl

    Porcelain double bowl with rounded sides, with a shallow liner dish set inside and a hole at the base. There are three horsemen with a servant in a landscape with a pavillion in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior, and three men in a...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 15thC(late)
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Longquan porcelain vase with long neck, flared mouth and everted rim. The vase has grey-green glaze. There are concentric rings around the neck above overlapping leaves, lotus and peony scroll bands around the body, and overlapping lotus...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1454
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • bowl

    Deep porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with primary scene of the Hundred Boys, featuring 20 boys variously playing. Band of ruyi-shaped clouds just below the rim, and squared spirals around the foot.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Tianshun; Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1457-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. There is an incised and painted dragon with clouds, waves and rocks in green copper overglaze enamel in the centre of the interior, and two incised and painted dragons on the exterior. There is a mark on...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and a slightly everted rim. There are two five-clawed dragons pursuing flaming pearls amid clouds in underglaze blue on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with incised peony scroll design and a pale greenish-grey celadon glaze.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Guan-type ware fluted cup. White porcelain body covered in bluish-green glaze with two layers of close crackle, the wide layer stained black and the other ginger. Brown dressing applied to the mouth and the foot rim unglazed. Body reddish...

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. The dish has bright lemon yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze on the interior and exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • jar

    Porcelain jar of guan form with a wide mouth, broad shoulders and a wide base. There are two long-snouted kui dragons with three claws in doucai style, with underglaze cobalt blue outlines and washes, and overglaze green, iron red and...

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • stem cup

    Porcelain stem cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Around the exterior, design of birds perched on flowering branches. Hollow, glazed stem with mark inside.

    • Object type: stem cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with curved sides and slightly everted rim, on a tapered and undercut footring. There is a winged fish-dragon chasing a flaming pearl within a double ring in overglaze red, green, turquoise and ochre overglaze enamel in the...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer dish. Decorated in overglaze red, green, turquoise, yellow and black enamels. Inside in the centre, a pair of mandarin ducks in a pond among lotus and waterweeds in a double circle, with fish and lotus in the cavetto. On...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Small porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with band of flower and cloud motifs in opposing triangular panels. Central roundel inside with square formed of interlinked ruyi heads. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with deep, flaring sides. Underglaze blue with three scenes: three gentlemen in a garden landscape, an elegant building enveloped in clouds and two small boys with a qin. Scenes separated by various trees. Central roundel...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • ink-stone

    Circular porcelain ink-slab. Unglazed, raised circular area surrounded by deeply recessed channel. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: ink-stone
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Large porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of two five-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds. Stylised cloud form in a double circle inside, with classic scrolls around the rim. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two horizontal five-clawed dragons amid scrolling lotus flowers and leaves. Band of classic scrolls around foot. Two similar dragons amid scrolling lotus around inside cavetto and a further...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with band of scrolling Buddhist emblems entwined in leaves around the exterior and inside cavetto. Large central roundel with a Buddhist wheel supported on a lotus flower. There is an inscription on the...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer. The saucer has yellow enamel over plain felspathic glaze. There is an inscription on the base, which is glazed. The glaze on the interior of the base has burnt brownish in some places.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling day lilies between parallel blue lines. Similar scrolling lilies inside and stylised flowerhead in double circle in the centre. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling hibiscus flowers and leaves between pairs of blue lines on both inside and outside. Floral roundel in centre inside. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Small porcelain dish. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue washes and outlines and overglaze green, yellow and brown enamels. Inside in the centre, a roundel of interlocking ruyi head motifs between yellow and blue circles....

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling flowers and leaves above a band of overlapping petals. Wide band of scrolling flowers and leaves on inside, including peony and camellia. Roundel with single chrysanthemum in...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of three sprays of scrolling melons and vines . Pairs of blue lines at rim, base and foot. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • jar

    Porcelain globular jar with short, straight neck, wide mouth and broad shoulder tapering to a wide flat base. There are three cactus-like rocks with flower sprays on a wavy ground with smaller rocks and butterflies in between in Doucai...

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with low curving sides, straight rim and recessed base. There are five lotus sprays, each with an offering above (flower, sacred mountain, fruit, white conch, shell and candlestick) in Doucai style with underglaze blue...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling magnolia flowers and leaves between parallel blue lines. Similar band around inside with central roundel with a stylised flower head in a double circle. There is an inscription on...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling formal lotus flowers and leaves between parallel blue lines. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling baoxiang flowers around sides, above a band of stylised ruyi around foot. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • wine-cup

    Porcelain wine-cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze yellow, red and green enamels. On outside walls, four 'kui' dragons with lotus sprigs in their mouths, within medallions. Segments of...

    • Object type: wine-cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • stem cup

    Porcelain stem cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze green, transparent putouzi (grape purple) and yellow enamels. Design of grapevines around the exterior. Partly hollow glazed stem, with...

    • Object type: stem cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • wine-cup

    Porcelain 'chicken cup' wine-cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue washes and outlines and overglaze green, red, yellow, and brown enamels. Design on the exterior of rooster, hen and chicks with lilies and peony shrubs behind...

    • Object type: wine-cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • garden-seat

    Porcelain garden seat of drum shape. There are two pairs of Buddhist lions playing with brocaded balls in fahua style with yellow, aubergine and turquoise on-biscuit enamels in the central band .

    • Object type: garden-seat
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1488-1505
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. The dish has pale yellow enamel over a thin felspathic glaze on the interior and exterior. There is a mark in blue on the base, which has a plain glaze, and an inscription on the exterior near the...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Hongzhi
    • Production date: 1488-1505
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with flared rim. The bowl has a white body covered with a faint blue-tinged glaze, which is especially noticeable on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Hongzhi
    • Production date: 1488-1505
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • garden-seat

    Porcelain garden seat of drum shape decorated in fahua style with overglaze yellow, purple, green and blue enamels applied directly to the biscuit. Medallion with lotus rosette on top, lotus scrolls around central band with a row of yellow...

    • Object type: garden-seat
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1488-1505
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Decorated inside with gardenia floral spray in the centre and sprays of pomegranate, persimmon, grapevine and lotus in the cavetto. Gardenia scrolls on the exterior. All motifs painted in underglaze blue on yellow overglaze...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Hongzhi
    • Production date: 1488-1505
    • Production place: Jingdezhen