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Longquan porcelain incense jar in the form of a Han period bronze lian, with upright sides and three feet. The vase has grey-green glaze. There are three raised lines above the base and below the rim, with three moulded lotus sprays around the body.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 104 millimetres
- Diameter: 147 millimetres
Published PDF date : Southern Song 13thCRoom 95 label text:
Incense burner with lotus bouquets
This three-legged incense burner is in the form of an ancient ritual bronze food vessel called a lian. It is decorated with three incised lines around the rim and above the base and with three sprig-moulded lotus bouquets applied around the body before covering in a celadon glaze.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, with applied decoration and celadon glaze
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Yuan dynasty, about 1280–1368
14 April 2009
Remove discoloured overpaint, reassess, clean, gap fill
Old restorations along rim, discoloured yellow, covering original surface.
Glazed surface cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on cotton wool swabs and dried with a paper towel. Removed all overpaint with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) on cotton wool swabs. Overpaint was covering lots of the original surface. White plaster fills under the overpaint, removed mechanically with a scalpel. Shellac fills under some of the plaster fills, removed mechanically with a scalpel. Some scratching around the old fills. Steam cleaned all chips twice with de-ionised water to remove ingrained dirt, dried with paper towels. All chips were gap filled with Fynebond epoxy resin which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. After curing the resin was cur back with a scalpel and polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. Object was further cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel.
Hobson and Hetherington 1923, pl. LXVI in the possession of Mr P. David.
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Object reference number: RRC38652
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