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Porcelain pear-shaped vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim. There are two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse, in underglaze cobalt blue on the body of the vase, a narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background topped with plantain leaves at the neck. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 302 millimetres
Inscription Commenthare mark reserved in white against a band of blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-white vase with fountains
The main design on this blue-and-white bottle vase derives from a European print. It features a kneeling horse with a fountain on one side and an elephant with a fountain on the other. Portuguese merchants established direct trade with China in the early sixteenth century. They traded Chinese porcelain which was a treasured commodity in Europe. Most of the ceramics they imported were ordinary underglaze blue painted wares but some items copied European metalwork or ceramics’ shapes and others had designs taken from European sources such as prints, coins, or textiles.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Jiajing period, AD 1522–1566
Pear-shaped porcelain vase (yuhuchun ping) with long tapering neck and flaring mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Two fountains, one with an elephant as its base and the other with a horse. Narrow band of flower heads on a diaper background at the neck, with plantain leaves. Mark on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39022
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