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incense-holder

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.133

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 180 millimetres
    • Depth: 285 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on cloisonne
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Qianlong mark
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : QingRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 133

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 293 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 102, pl. CI (one of a pair) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.31, no.98 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.35, no.26 (and base) (pair with 134) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case11/sh5

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Imperial Collection, Peking.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.133

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.

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