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Dish with Foliated Rim and Design of Floral Scrolls

Artist Culture
Ming dynasty, 1368–1644
Yongle period, 1403–1424
early 15th century
Jingdezhen ware; porcelain with underglaze cobalt blue decoration
Made in
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, China, Asia
Ceramics, containers
Current Location
On View, Gallery 230
2 3/8 x 13 5/16 in. (6 x 33.8 cm)
diameter of foot: 8 7/8 in. (22.5 cm)
Credit Line
Bequest of Samuel C. Davis, by exchange
Public Domain
Object Number
During the early 15th century, blue-and-white wares made at the imperial kilns of Jingdezhen, displayed a level of perfection in the whiteness of the porcelain body, elegant shapes, beautifully painted and pleasingly balanced designs, and smooth transparent glazes. The center of this dish is visually anchored by a lotus flower and surrounded by five seasonal blossoms (mallow, dianthus, camellia, lotus, and chrysanthemum), all on slender interlaced stems. On the lobed cavetto are twelve additional sprays of flowers. The foliated rim has a frieze of breaking waves, while the exterior is decorated with twelve detached floral and fruit sprays. The underglaze cobalt is of inky blue-black tone, with the so-called “heaped and piled” effect, a reference to the inkiness that results where the applied cobalt was oversaturated, as is characteristic of Yongle blue-and-white porcelains.
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