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Porcelain cup with slightly rounded sides and everted lip. The cup has yellow glaze. There are two small dragons in relief facing each other across the rim.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 45 millimetres
- Diameter: 81 millimetres
Published PDF date : 16th-17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Cup with dragons in relief
This cup 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 cup 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 dragons are biting at the rim of the cup.
Porcelain with relief decoration, transparent and yellow glazes
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722
On display: G95/dc41/sh8
6 April 2009
Reason for treatment
fill chips add gold repair, do not remove any gold
Old gold repairs. Chips to two of the gold repairs on the rim. Surface dirt
Surface cleaned, avoiding gold repair, with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel. Gap filled with Fynebond which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments, red bole colour, to match the colour underneath the old gold repairs. After curing the resin was softened with Acetone on a cotton wool swabs and shaved back working under a microscope. After curing for a further two days, the fills were polished under a microscope with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. Gilded on top of the gap fills with Gold transfer leaf, Cornelissen red gold. Thinned down Gold size with White Spirit (composition variable - petroleum distillate), painted onto the fills under a microscope, allowed to tack before applying the transfer gold. Left to cure for one day, before slightly distressing the new gold repair, and toniing down with acrylic paints. Object was further cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel.
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Object reference number: RRC38891
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