Porcelain beaker vase of archaic bronze gu form with widely spreading mouth and tall spreading foot. The vase has opaque crackled grey-blue glaze. There is a mark in blue on the base, which has grey glaze.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 265 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:
Vase modelled after an ancient bronze vessel
Both the shape and glaze of this vase reflect the Yongzheng emperor’s antiquarian taste. Potters modelled the form of the vase on an ancient bronze drinking vessel called a gu. Wealthy aristocrats and generals of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, (about 1600–256 BC), buried bronze vessels as part of ritual eating and drinking equipment for tombs. The shape was transformed into a vase in the Song dynasty (AD 960–1279) as catalogues of collections of antiques were published with woodblock-printed illustrations. The celadon glaze evokes both Northern Song Ru and Southern Song guan glazes.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and celadon glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng seal mark and period, AD1723–35
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Object reference number: RRC38919
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