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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
On display: G95/dc34/sh7
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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