- Museum number
Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Covered outside in light green glaze, with incised key-fret below rim and around foot and wave design around bottom of body. Inside and base covered in plain white glaze. There is an inscription on the base.
- Production date
Diameter: 263 millimetres
Height: 13 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735
Room 95 label text:
Bowl with melon-green glaze
The Yongzheng emperor sent officials to closely supervise production of porcelains at Jingdezhen. From official Qing dynasty palace records we know that he encouraged experimentation with single coloured glazes there. Green derived from copper was used as a single colour glaze from the Xuande period (AD 1425–35), applied over a transparent high-fired glaze. Potters invented this variant of a melon-green glaze for the Yongzheng emperor. They first incised the bowl so that the glaze would pool in the recessed lines creating an attractive surface. The base has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Yongzheng period.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue, transparent and green glazes
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD 1723–1735
- On display (G95/dc38/sh4)
- Acquisition notes
- Margaret Medley 1975, records: Elphinstone Gift.
PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift
- Registration number