Four-lobed porcelain rectangular pot, which is moulded to simulate basketwork, and has two applied animal masks with pendant rings. The pot has cream glaze. There is a band of key-fret around the foot.
- Height: 55 millimetres
- Width: 98 millimetres
- Depth: 75 millimetres
Published PDF date : 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Water pot modelled on an ancient bronze vessel
This water pot is finely modelled with monster mask handles biting porcelain rings and with a moulded and incised body which imitates an ancient bronze vessel. Craftsmen 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. The water pot 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, Kangxi period, about AD 1662–1722
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Object reference number: RRC38537
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