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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 89 millimetres
- Diameter: 127 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Kangxi nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
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
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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