Stoneware meiping with 'fahua'-type decoration. This heavily potted stoneware meiping has rounded shoulders, a slim waist, flared foot and narrow raised neck. It stands on a ground-down foot ring and its base is unglazed. A large flowering peony spray is outlined in raised slip on either side, infilled with transparent glaze and turquoise enamel, on an ink-blue ground in the 'fahua' palette.
- 1522-1600 (circa)
- Made in: Shanxi (probably)
- (Asia,China,Shanxi (province))
- Found/Acquired: China
- Height: 23 centimetres
The aubergine ground and shape of this vessel suggest a later period of manufacture than BM Franks. 67 or BM 1936.1012.105. The stoneware body indicates that it was made in north China, possibly in Shanxi Province. Similarities between 'fahua' wares and cloisonne enamels have been the subject of scientific analysis and it has been shown that the composition of the colours for enamels on ceramic of the 'fahua' palette and for cloisonne wares are remarkably similar. Further, there are examples of almost identical designs in both materials. A cloisonne vase of similar proportions and ornament, dating to the sixteenth century, is in the private Pierre Uldry collection in Switzerland.
A heavily potted stoneware meiping with rounded shoulders, slim waisrt, flared foot and narrow raised neck, standing on a ground-down foot ring. The base unglazed. A large flowering peony spray is outlined in raised slip on either side, infilled with transparent glaze and turquoise enamel, on an aubergine ground in the fahua palette.
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Object reference number: RRC7932
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