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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.641

  • Description

    Porcelain vase with a depressed globular body and long neck. The vase is made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi). There are dense lotus scroll designs in underglaze cobalt blue on the body and shoulder, pointed leaves on the lower part of the neck, and a chevron band around the mouth. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 67 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character archaistic Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing mid 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 641

    Blue-and-white miniature vase


    The base has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue Xuande reign mark


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.22, no.641 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.30, no.641 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.641

Vase made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi) with a depressed globular body and long neck. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Dense lotus scroll designs on the body and shoulder, pointed leaves on the lower part of the neck, and a chevron band around the mouth. Mark on base.

Vase made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi) with a depressed globular body and long neck. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Dense lotus scroll designs on the body and shoulder, pointed leaves on the lower part of the neck, and a chevron band around the mouth. Mark on base.

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