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Porcelain flower holder in the form of an elephant, with a cloisonne flower holder set into the back. The flower holder has cream glaze. There is a lotus-with-dot border and key-fret band on saddlecloth. There is an inscription on the base. One of a pair with PDF134.
- Made in: Zhangzhou
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Zhangzhou)
- Height: 180 millimetres
- Depth: 285 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon cloisonne
Inscription CommentQianlong mark
Published PDF date : QingRoom 95 label text:
Stick incense holder in the form of an elephant
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 incense-stick holder (one of a pair) is modelled in the form of a caparisoned elephants (saddled with a blanket and wearing bridles). Potters at Zhangzhou underfired the body below porcelain temperature. It 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 with incised and applied details and clear glaze, fitted with cloisonné enamel incense holder
Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州, cloisonné made in Beijing 北京
Qing dynasty, cloisonné: Qianlong mark and period, AD 1736–1795
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Imperial Collection, Peking.
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Object reference number: RRC38552
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