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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.579

  • Description

    Porcelain vase of ovoid form with long slender neck and flaring mouth. The vase has soft pink glaze derived from copper, mottled darker pink and moss green in some places. There is a moulded chrysanthemum petal band round the bottom. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 210 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
      • Inscription Comment

        Kangxi mark
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 579

    Vase with ‘peach-bloom’ glaze


    The identities of the skilled craftsmen who finely potted this vase with its slender neck and trumpet mouth, then carved a band of chrysanthemum petals around the foot, are unknown. This innovative glaze was technically challenging. Potters covered the vase 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.


    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. 81 and p. 316 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.25, no.579 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.25, no.579 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.85, no.88 (right) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc64/s1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.579

Ovoid porcelain vase with long slender neck and flaring mouth. Soft pink glaze derived from copper, mottled darker pink and moss green in some places. Moulded chrysanthemum petal band round the bottom. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Ovoid porcelain vase with long slender neck and flaring mouth. Soft pink glaze derived from copper, mottled darker pink and moss green in some places. Moulded chrysanthemum petal band round the bottom. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

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