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Title

Pentafoil basin

16th century

Artist

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Period
    Wanli 1573 - 1619 Ming dynasty 1368 - 1644 → China
    Date
    16th century
    Media category
    Ceramic
    Materials used
    porcelain with 'wucai' enamel decoration
    Dimensions
    6.8 x 27.5 cm
    Credit
    Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 1999
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    117.1999
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection

    119

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  • About

    The basin is moulded in a flanged, five-lobed form, the unglazed base is recessed to form a shallow foot and there is a further shallow, circular glazed recess in the centre bearing a six-character mark.

    The decoration, within and without, is in a vibrant purplish underglaze blue and red, green, brown and black overglazed colours in the wucai or five colours style. In the centre is a cluster of exotic flowers issuing from a large taihu rock. Each of the five shaped panels of the cavetto is also decorated with flowering and fruiting branches. Around the flattened rim is a continuous scroll. On the exterior is a peony scroll.

    Wucai decoration, a combination of underglaze blue and overglaze polychrome enamels, was an important innovation of the Jiajing period (1522-1566), and was one of the last major additions to the lexicon of ornamental techniques that were developed during the Ming dynasty. The wucai porcelains produced during the Wanli period are outstanding. The wucai pentafoil basins in the size of present one are particularly rare.

    Asian Art Dept, AGNSW, June 1999.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Jingdezhen

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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