Judging by its quality, this small dish, with a delicately executed 'doucai' design of interlocking 'ruyi' lappets, was probably made early in the reign before standards declined as the Ming court was distracted by growing political and social problems. It is a direct copy of a Chenghua prototype.
The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.118.
porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels in the 'doucai' style
3.1 x 14.7 cm
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1990
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Great gifts, great patrons, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 17 Aug 1994–19 Oct 1994
Referenced in 2 publications
Julian Thompson, Orientations, 'Chinese Porcelain in the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales', pg. 96-103, Hong Kong, Sep 2000, 100 (illus.; colour illus.). fig.6 and 6a (mark)
The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, 'The Marvel of Porcelain', Sydney, 2003, 118 (colour illus.).