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  • Museum number

    PDF.640

  • Description

    Porcelain miniature vase with rounded body and long neck. The vase is made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi). There are flowers, rocks and two butterflies in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior. The base is glazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 42 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 640

    Miniature vase with flowers rocks and butterflies


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

  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.22, no.640 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.30, no.640 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc24/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.640

Miniature vase made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi) with rounded body and long neck. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with flowers, rocks and two butterflies.The base is glazed.

Miniature vase made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi) with rounded body and long neck. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue with flowers, rocks and two butterflies.The base is glazed.

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