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Title

Jar with five quatrefoil panels


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

Imperial porcelain of the Chenghua period is esteemed for the purity and quality of the porcelain clay, the innovation and delicacy of design and the perfection of the ‘doucai’ (‘contrasting colours’) technique. This technique, in which overglaze enamels are applied to a design delineated in underglaze blue, must have been difficult and expensive for it is confined to small, intimate objects of exquisite refinement. So esteemed was Chenghua ‘doucai’ that it was copied in succeeding centuries, most notably in the 1700s as demonstrated in the gallery’s delicate example of the famous ‘chicken cup’ type (Acc.no. 193.1992).

The six-character mark on the base of the jar indicates it was made before 1481, when the single character for 'heaven' replaced the reign mark. The freely drawn underglaze blue outlines are clearly visible beneath the adeptly applied overglaze enamels of iron red, green and dark yellow. This rare example has a companion piece (with cover) in the Palace Museum in Beijing, but few other examples exist of this important type of early 'doucai' decoration.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.118.


Details


Other Title

Jar decorated with five medallions containing flower and foliage


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Date

1465-1487


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels in the 'doucai' style


Dimensions

6.3 cm diam. of mouth; 12.3 x 12.2 cm


Signature & date

Signed and dated.


Credit

Gift of Charles Binnie 1939


Accession number

6956.42


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 118 (colour illus.).

Julian Thompson, Orientations, 'Chinese Porcelain in the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 96-103, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 97, 98 (illus.; colour illus.). fig.3, 3a (mark)