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Porcelain wine ewer in the form of a dancing girl, with raised right arm forming a spout, lowered left arm forming a handle, and wooden lid imitating a hair knot. There is decoration in overglaze red, turquoise and green enamels with traces of kinrande gilding, and some details in underglaze blue. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 318 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationShou fu
Inscription TranslationLong life and good fortune
Inscription CommentNot sure this is right - could this be fu gui jia qi? JHH
Published PDF date : Ming 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Wine ewer in the form of a woman with kinrande decoration
This polychrome ewer is decorated with areas of overglaze iron-red enamel over which potters have placed cut out gold foil which they then incised and fired at a low temperature. This decorative technique is known by the Japanese term 金襴手 (kinrande ‘gold brocade style’). The gold wears away from the porcelain which is why so much of the detail is missing from this wine ewer.
Porcelain with overglaze red, turquoise and green enamels, and gilding (replacement lid)
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Jiajing to Wanli reign, about AD1522–1600A similar ewer with the mark fu gui jia qi is in the Museum of Oriental Ceramics, Osaka, Japan. Its box is inscribed Hoei 6 (1709) (Gift of SUMITOMO Group, the ATAKA Collection acc. No. 10519), h.33.1cm
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: Acquired in Japan. With it is a Japanese certificate which has been translated: "An old sake jar, human-figured, red-coloured. Honourably inspected by the Emperor Mieji." Seal: "Abe-Hatsutaroh". PDF card: Acquired in Japan* before 1934. Related material: *certificate now lost.
Porcelain wine ewer in the form of a dancing girl, with raised right arm as a spout and lowered left arm as a handle; wooden lid imitating a hair knot. Overglaze red, turquoise and green enamels with traces of kinrande gilding, and some details in underglaze blue. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39037
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