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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.609

  • Description

    Faceted porcelain vase with tall cylindrical neck, high spreading foot, and two handles with animal-shaped masks. There are scrolls of morning glories in underglaze blue on the surface. There is a mark on the interior of the foot.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 139 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        Inside the foot
      • 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 inside the foot
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 609

    Vase with morning glory flowers


    This vase is decorated with a morning glory flower scroll in underglaze blue. The form of this vase is based on metalwork probably bronze. Inside the foot is a poorly written Xuande mark in underglaze blue. This design was copied in highly stylised versions in several Qing dynasty reigns from the Kangxi period (AD 1662–1722) onwards.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 117, pl. CXVI(b) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.17, no.609 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.23, no.609 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc18/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 5th June 1934. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 15, p.20, Lot 107. £60. Bluett & Sons Exhibition: "Old Chinese Pottery and Porcelain Recently Collected in China by Mr Peter Boode of The Hague".

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.609

Faceted porcelain vase with tall cylindrical neck, high spreading foot, and two handles with animal-shaped masks. Scrolls of morning glories in underglaze blue on surface. Mark inside foot.

Faceted porcelain vase with tall cylindrical neck, high spreading foot, and two handles with animal-shaped masks. Scrolls of morning glories in underglaze blue on surface. Mark inside foot.

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