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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1450-1550 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Sir John Addis KCMG

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 6, shelf 3

Physical description

Dish, saucer-shaped with rounded sides rising at the rim, and small glazed, recessed base; matt glaze. Painted with a bird perched on a branch of a shrub with feathery stems, in a double ring, another below the lip; and outside with a dot border and band of pointed leaves.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1450-1550 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue


Diameter: 10.3 cm

Object history note

The group of objects (FE.3 to 105-1975) were all acquired by Sir John Addis during his stay in Manila as British Ambassador, ca. 1965-70, and are purportedly from excavations there. See papers published at the Manila Trade Pottery Seminiar, 1968, here noted; also Locsin, L & C, Oriental Ceramics discovered in the Philippines, Rutland & Tokyo 1968; and Addis, J. M. Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society, 1967-69 London : The Society, pp. 17-36.

Descriptive line

Dish, porcelain painted in underglaze blue; China (Jingdezhen), Ming dynasty, 1450-1550

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

W. Sorsby Ltd., Exhibition Catalogue, 1974, No. 93.
Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.116, pl.167

Production Note





Blue and white

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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