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Porcelain serving dish with a bracketed rim and underglaze blue decoration. This dish has rounded bracket-lobed sides and a flat rising rim with a thick bracketed edge; it is supported by a low wedge-shaped foot ring. It is painted in underglaze blue in the centre with a composite floral scroll comprising a peony surrounded by other individual blooms of various other plants. These are (clockwise): azalea (with the multiple prominent stamens), rose, lotus and camellia, framed by a double-lined bracket-edged circle. There are twelve flowers in the well depicted in diametrically opposed pairs. These are (clockwise from the top): lotus, morning glory, hibiscus, pomegranate, chrysanthemum and peony. The rim is adorned with lingzhi fungus scroll. The exterior is decorated with the same flowers as the well, edged below and above with close parallel outlines. The base is slightly concave and unglazed and bears a Near Eastern or Indian drilled owner's mark.
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Diameter: 38 centimetres
Height: 7.60 centimetres
Weight: 2.40 kilograms
- Curator's comments
A large dish of this shape but with different decoration was excavated in the Yongle stratum at Dongmentou, Zhushan, Jingdezhen, in 1994. An identical dish from Professor E. T Hall's
collection was sold in 1994. Others are in the Museum of Decorative Arts in Copenhagen, the National Palace Museum, Taipei, the Museum of Far Eastern Antiquities, Stockholm, and the private Meiyintang Collection. Eleven similar dishes are in the Ardebil shrine. Later in the sixteenth century potters in Iznik, Turkey, copied this type of dish, adding coloured enamels; an example is in the British Museum.
See Regina Krahl and John Ayers Chinese Ceramics in the Topkapi Saray Museum vol 1. Nurdan Erbahar, ‘Non-Chinese Marks and Inscriptions’ , pp. 125-138. On the drilled marks - it is likely these non verbal marks were marks of ownership or to “categorise the piece before it was sold or transported from one place to another”. The marks were made by drilling into the porcelain. The same mark appears in the Topkapi Saray on 11 pieces.
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1995, Birmingham City Museum & Art Gallery, China: A cradle of Knowledge
2008 Nov 31-2009 May 31, Museu Maritim de Barcelona, Spain, 'The Great Voyages of Zheng He'
2012 January - April, BM Galleries, 'Hajj, Journey to the Heart of Islam'
2016-2017 05 Dec - 28 Feb, Palazzo Del Quirinale, Rome, 'From the Old to the New Silk Road'
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