22 avril 2012

Plate with grape design. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt decoration. Ming dynasty. Reign of the Xuande Emperor

 Plate with grape design. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt decoration. Ming dynasty (1368-1644), Reign of the Xuande Emperor (1426-1435)..  The Avery Brundage Collection. B65P6.  Asian Art Museum, San Francisco. © 2011 Asian Art Museum H. 3 in x Diam. 14 3/4 in, H. 7.6 cm x Diam. 37.5 cm.  An inscription on the foot of this plate indicates that it once belonged to the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan (reigned 1628-1658). Although numerous foreign luxury items were amassed by the Mughals, few... [Lire la suite]

21 avril 2012

Large serving dish with flowers and grapes. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration. Ming dynasty, Yongle reign

Large serving dish with flowers and grapes. Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration. Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮Ming dynasty, Yongle reign, AD1403–1424. Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art. British Museum. AN926491001 © The Trustees of the British Museum Potters working at Jingdezhen used a blue-generating cobalt pigment imported from the Middle East or Central Asia at this time. It diffuses in patches through the transparent glaze and after cooling appears black where it has... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2012

A blue and white 'grape' charger. Ming Dynasty, Yongle period

A blue and white 'grape' charger. Ming Dynasty, Yongle period. Photo Sotheby's with deep rounded sides and an everted rim, painted on the broad flat centre with three pendent bunches of grapes among curling tendrils, broad leaves and withered blossoms, the round ripe grapes shaded in varying cobalt tones creating a three-dimensional effect, surrounded on the cavetto by a composite floral scroll with twelve blooms comprising camellia, peach, chrysanthemum, pomegranate, hibiscus, lotus, rose, herbaceous... [Lire la suite]


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