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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.580

  • Description

    Porcelain water-pot with small short neck, slightly everted mouth rim, and wide base. The water-pot has soft pink peach bloom glaze that shades to apple green in places. There are three incised roundels of dragons on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 89 millimetres
    • Diameter: 127 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清康熙年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Kangxi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF 580

    Water-pot with ‘peach-bloom’ glaze


    This innovative glaze was technically challenging. Potters covered the water-pot with a layer of clear glaze, followed by a layer of copper-rich pigment, possibly blown on, and added further layers of clear glaze on top. When fired in a reducing atmosphere, this sandwiched colour developed into soft mottled red and pink with flecks of moss-green. Western writers describe this glaze as ‘peach bloom’, likening its soft dappled tones to the greenish-yellow, pink and red skin of a peach, but Chinese connoisseurs call it 豇豆红 (jiangdou hong ‘ cowpea-red‘). It was applied to a limited number of forms, mostly small vases and writing utensils and was only used for a short period in the Kangxi reign. On the base it carries an underglaze blue Kangxi mark.


    Porcelain with copper-red glaze and underglaze cobalt-blue mark
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1704

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 80 and p. 315 (Mark p. 278) bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.133, no.230 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.25, no.580 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.85, no.88 (left) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.94, no.93 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 pp.25-26, no.580 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc50/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.580

Porcelain water-pot with small short neck, slightly everted mouth rim, and wide base. Soft pink peach bloom glaze that shades to apple green in places. Three incised roundels of dragons on exterior. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Porcelain water-pot with small short neck, slightly everted mouth rim, and wide base. Soft pink peach bloom glaze that shades to apple green in places. Three incised roundels of dragons on exterior. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

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