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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Soft Jun stoneware water-dropper in a pear shape with a small mouth. The water-dropper has thick bright blue glaze with three purple in-glaze copper splashes and a fine crackle.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1500-1644
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 86 millimetres
    • Diameter: 79 millimetres
    • Diameter: 48 millimetres (base)
    • Diameter: 6 millimetres (mouth)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 16th-17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 52

    ‘Soft’ Jun ware water dropper

    Traditionally this type of ware is classified as ‘soft’ Jun. Scholars are unsure where ‘soft’ Jun was made, and so in the absence of a kiln site, they are dated stylistically by comparison to other pieces.

    Stoneware with Jun-type glaze
    ‘Soft’ Jun ware
    China 中國
    Probably Ming dynasty, about AD 1500–1644


  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.15, no.52, pl.VI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.36, no.52 bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    8 January 2009

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean, refill chip


    Surface dirt. Chip in rim with deteriorated old fill materil

    Treatment details

    The object was cleaned with deionised water and a few drops of Synperonic N (non ionic detergent, nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate), using cotton wool. After cleaning, surface rinsed with deionised water on cotton wool. Surface wiped with dry lab tissue to remove any remaining water. The old fill material (wax) was removed from the chip with a scalpel under magnification. I.M.S. (Industrial Methylated spirits) were used to remove residues. Areas of loss were colour gap filled with Fynebond (epoxy resin) bulked with Aerosil 850 (fumed silica) and artists dry ground pigments to closely match the original. The fill was refined with micromesh 3600-6000 to achieve the desired surface.

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