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    Porcelain vase of pear shape. The vase has cream crackled glaze. There is an incised dragon and phoenix on the body, with a band of scrolls around the foot.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
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  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 102 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 158

    Vase incised with dragon and phoenix

    Potters in the late Ming and Qing dynasties made copies of Ding wares at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, Zhangzhou in Fujian province and in other southern kilns. This globular vase is incised with a dragon and phoenix, the emblems of the emperor and empress of China. The vase is chalky white or ‘rice–coloured’ and potters covered it either with a white slip and a thin transparent glaze with a yellowish cast that crackled during the cooling process or with an opaque white glaze. Connoisseurs once called this type of ceramic 土定 (tu ding ‘earthen Ding ware’).

    Underfired porcelain, incised and with transparent glaze
    Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
    Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1980 p.30, no.91 bibliographic details
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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    22 January 2009

    Treatment proposal

    clean, fill chip


    Surface dirt, small chip on the rim with evidence of old restoration

    Treatment details

    The object was cleaned with deionised water and a few drops of Synperonic N (non ionic detergent, nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate), using cotton wool. After cleaning, surface rinsed with deionised water on cotton wool. Surface wiped with dry lab tissue to remove any remaining water. Old restoration material was manually removed from the chip and the area steam cleaned. After drying time of one week the chip was filled with Fynebond (epoxy resin) bulked with Aerosil 805 (fumed silica) and coloured with dry ground artists pigments.

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Porcelain vase of pear shape.  The vase has cream crackled glaze. There is an incised dragon and phoenix on the body, with a band of scrolls around the foot.

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