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PORCELAIN, MING POLYCHROME OVERGLAZED - TYPE INDEX


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Type Name:
PORCELAIN, MING POLYCHROME OVERGLAZED
Category:
PORCELAIN
Production Origin:
CHINA
Production Date Range:
1550-1644
Defining Attributes:
White, thin, highly vitreous paste, that is smooth and translucent, with the glaze well bonded to the paste.

Background glaze color has a bluish or bluish-grey tint, and the surfaces are very glossy, smooth and without visible imperfection.

Exteriors of vessels are decorated with overglaze enamels in red, yellow, green, blue and gold. Exterior motifs include medallions, floral elements and birds, often on a diaper ground.

Interiors may be undecorated, or painted in underglaze blue. A bright, light cobalt blue color is typical of interior-decorated examples, and most elements are outlined in bluewith a paler blue wash filling them in.

Interior designs are often arranged in a central medallion, with freely arranged elements around the cavetto and rim.

Interior motifs include floral elements, mythological creatures, figures, animals, landscape features, cross-hatching, geometric elements, and scrolls.

Vessel Forms:
BOWL
CUP
EWER
Comments:
See Carswell 1985 and Kuwayama 1997 for design elements attributed to specific regions and chronological periods.
Published Definitions:
Ayers 1988; Carswell 1985; Deagan 1987; Kuwayama 1997; Mudge 1986