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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1426-1435 (made)

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 41

This bowl is made of white porcelain painted with cobalt blue under the glaze. It is painted on the exterior with a design of peony scrolls and a stylised lotus petal border. It was made in the city of Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, south east China. Jingdezhen was the major production centre for blue and white porcelain in China and the workshops there fulfilled famously vast imperial orders during the Ming period (1366-1644). The reign mark on the base of the bowl and the quality of materials and appearance indicate that it was made as part of an imperial order. Imperial wares were strictly reserved for the use of the imperial household and as tributary gifts.

Physical description

Blue and white porcelain bowl with shallow rising sides and a low foot. Painted on the exterior with peony scrolls and a stylised lotus petal border, the interior with a stylised floral motif.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1426-1435 (made)

Marks and inscriptions

Six character reign mark inside a double roundel on the base: 'Da Ming Xuande nian zhi'
Made in the reign of the Xuande emperor of the great Ming.


Diameter: 7.78 in, Height: 2.75 in

Historical context note

A similar bowl belonging to J-P Dubosc was exhibited at the Venice exhibition in 1924 (?), Col no. 651 together with an 18th century copy. A similar (if not the same) pair are now in the museum of Far Eastern Antiquities in Stockholm

Descriptive line

Blue and white porcelain bowl

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Illustrated in Brankston, A.D. 'Early Ming wares of Jingdezhen', plate IIA
Reproduced in Jenyns, Soame. 'Ming Pottery and Porcelain, 1953 fig. 29B
Ayers, John. 'Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Msuem' monochrome plate No. 147.

Labels and date

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue with peony scroll design
Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period. []


Porcelain; Cobalt; Glaze


Throwing; Painting; Glazing; Firing

Subjects depicted




Production Type

Mass produced


East Asia Collection

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