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Square porcelain water-pot, with spreading sides. The water-pot has yellow enamel glaze covering the exterior, the base, and a narrow rim on the interior, and a plain felspathic glaze on the rest of the interior. There are two gilded brass dragons facing each other at the rim, which is held in their jaws. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 49 millimetres
- Diameter: 102 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationHanxing yanzhai
Inscription TranslationHanxing Ink-stone studio
Inscription CommentOn the base is inscribed 'Hanxing yanzhai' (Hanxing Ink-stone studio)
Published PDF date : 16th-17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Water pot with gilt-bronze dragons
This water pot demonstrates an attractive use of a monochrome yellow glaze at Jingdezhen. This colour glaze was used to decorate court porcelain for some five hundred years of the imperial era in China from AD 1403 to AD 1911. Potters fired the water pot twice, first at a porcelain temperature of around 1280 to1320 °C and then in a second, lower-temperature firing to vitrify the lead-fluxed, iron-pigmented glaze. The gilt bronze dragons hook onto the edge of the water pot and can be removed.
Porcelain with transparent and yellow glazes and gilt-bronze dragon mounts
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about 1800–1900
PDF card: PDF 547. Sold at Sotheby's - 15th October 1968.
Square porcelain water-pot, with spreading sides. Covered outside on the base and in a narrow band inside the rim with a yellow enamel glaze; plain felspathic glaze inside. Facing each other at the rim which is held in their jaws are two gilt brassy dragons. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC38892
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