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Updated: 14 April 2015
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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 210 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Kangxi nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
Inscription CommentKangxi mark
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC38923
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