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    Porcelain vase of bag-shaped basket form with simulated basketwork. The vase has greyish white crackled glaze. There is an inscription on the base.

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    • 18thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 175 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

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        On the base
      • Inscription Language

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      • Inscription Translation

        Yongshou gong [a palace in the Forbidden City]
      • Inscription Type

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        on base
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  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 17th-18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 125

    Vase imitating a basket

    This vase is incised with lines to imitate basketwork and with a trompe l’oeil rope around the neck. The design is archaistic and loosely based on earlier white wares with basket work patterns made in North China. Three characters永壽宮 (Yongshougong ‘Never-ending Longlife Palace’) are incised on the base and coloured with a red pigment. This palace was located within the Forbidden City – the Ming and Qing emperor’s residence and seat of government. There is a separate character 寅 (yin ‘reverence’) also incised on the base.

    Underfired porcelain, incised and with transparent glaze
    South China 中國南部
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 223 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 98, pl. XCVII bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.26, no.70, pl. IX bibliographic details
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Porcelain vase of bag-shaped basket form with simulated basketwork.  The vase has greyish white crackled glaze. There is an inscription on the base.

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