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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.668

  • Description

    Porcelain hexagonal vase with bulbous body, long tapering neck and high spreading foot. There are cloud forms in underglaze cobalt blue on the foot, scroll patterns and ruyi heads in reserve on the body, scroll patterns and a chevron band in reserve on the neck, and stylised leaves around the rim. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 16thC(late)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 288 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        White rabbit
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF 668

    Hexagonal bottle-vase


    Porcelain production and the numbers of workers employed within the industry increased dramatically at Jingdezhen in the second half of the sixteenth century. To keep up with the vast demands, non-imperial kilns fired wares for the court on commission as well as for local customers and international trade. Potters made mostly blue-and-white porcelains. Workers mined new sources of inferior-quality clay. This clay had a less good fit with the glaze and is characterised my tiny frits (chips) where the glaze is thin. The base has a white rabbit mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1550–1600

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 145 bibliographic details
    • Hobson, Rackham & King 1931 p. 20, Fig 39 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.27, no.668, pl.III bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.32, no.58 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.39, no.668 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc22/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the W. C. Alexander Collection. PDF card: Alexander Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.668

Hexagonal porcelain vase with bulbous body, long tapering neck and high spreading foot, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Cloud forms on foot, scroll patterns and ruyi heads in reserve on the body, scroll patterns and a chevron band in reserve on the neck, and stylised leaves around the rim. Mark on base.

Hexagonal porcelain vase with bulbous body, long tapering neck and high spreading foot, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Cloud forms on foot, scroll patterns and ruyi heads in reserve on the body, scroll patterns and a chevron band in reserve on the neck, and stylised leaves around the rim. Mark on base.

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