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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.130

  • Description

    Porcelain vase of hexagonal form, with two square handles on the neck. The vase has cream crackled glaze. There is a dragon and clouds moulded on the front and back, clouds on the narrow sides, and bands of key-fret beneath the mouth and on the handles.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 315 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing KangxiRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 130

    Vase modelled on an ancient bronze


    This 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, moulded and with transparent crackled glaze
    Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
    Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1736–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 227 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.25, no.67 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case11/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1980 records: From the Stuart and Alexander Collections. PDF Card: Acquired before 1934.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.130

Porcelain vase of hexagonal form, with two square handles on the neck. The vase has cream crackled glaze. There is a dragon and clouds moulded on the front and back, clouds on the narrow sides, and bands of key-fret beneath the mouth and on the handles.

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