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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.704

  • Description

    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.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1600
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 318 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        壽福
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shou fu
      • Inscription Translation

        Long life and good fortune
      • Inscription Comment

        Not sure this is right - could this be fu gui jia qi? JHH
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 704

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 137 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 146, pl.CXLV bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.29, no.74, pl. VII bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.41, no.90 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 16 & 21, no.704 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case26/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    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.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.704

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.

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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