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Porcelain incense burner in the form of an archaic bronze 'gui'. The incense burner has a white body covered with a white porcelain glaze, and the well is only partially glazed. There is a small firing crack in the base.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 80 millimetres
- Width: 147 millimetres
- Depth: 118 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription Content尊 古接 簡
Inscription TransliterationZun gu jie jian
Inscription TranslationFollowing the ancient tradition
Inscription CommentOn the base a seal reading 'Zun gu jie jian' (following ancient tradition)
Room 95 label text:
Incense burner modelled after bronze ‘gui’
Dehua wares of the period AD 1600–1911 are typified by figures and vessels with a granular sugary white body and either a blue tinged or creamy white glaze. The pure whiteness of these ceramics is due to the relative absence of iron impurities in the body - indeed the clay used contains only half a percent of ferric oxide. Body and glaze fuse perfectly in the firing. Plain white porcelains from the Dehua kilns in Fujian, south-eastern China are known in the West by the nineteenth-century French connoisseurs’ term Blanc de Chine. On the base is a seal mark which has been read尊 古接 簡 (Zun gu jie jian ‘following ancient tradition’).
Porcelain with transparent glaze
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900
White porcelain incense burner in the form of an archaic bronze 'gui'. Covered with a white porcelain glaze. The well is partially glazed. There is a small firing crack in the base.
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Object reference number: RRC38846
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