Jingdezhen Plate with Flower Basket in Overglaze Enamels

Place of production
Era century
Ming Period
4.0 cm 20.2 cm
Kyoto National Museum
<i>Nankin aka-e</i> is the Japanese name for porcelain with polychrome overglaze enamels produced at private kilns in Jingdezhen from the end of the Ming (1368-1644) through the early Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. But porcelains of the Tianqi and Chongzhen (1621-44) eras of the late Ming are sometimes known as ""Tenkei (Ch., Tianqi) <i>aka-e</i>"" and differentiated from <i>Nankin aka-e</i>.

The inside of the foot of these plates bears the inscription, the ""Chenghua era of the Great Ming,"" in underglaze blue, but the actual date of production is thought to be close to one and a half centuries after Chenghua. Inauthentic inscriptions of this type are not rare among <i>Nankin aka-e</i> wares.

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