Porcelain beaker of archaic gu form, with high spreading foot, small central bulb and wide trumpet mouth. The beaker has light turquoise blue glaze. There are five-clawed dragons among clouds incised on the neck and around the foot. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 142 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the foot
Inscription TransliterationShu fu
Inscription TranslationPrivy Council
Inscription CommentCharacters 'shu' and 'fu' incised under glaze on foot
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Gu-shaped vase with five-clawed dragons
Both the shape and glaze of these vases reflect the Kangxi 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 vase is incised and covered with a turquoise glaze.
Porcelain with incised decoration and turquoise glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about 1700–1800
Porcelain beaker of archaic gu form, with high spreading foot, small central bulb and wide trumpet mouth. Light turquoise blue glaze. Five-clawed dragons among clouds incised on the neck and around the foot. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC38852
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