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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.487

  • Description

    Porcelain square water-pot. The water-pot has a white body, and is covered, except for the mouth-rim, with a blue-toned glaze. There is incised decoration round the sides of a key-fret just below the rim, with a dragon among waves chasing a flaming pearl as the main decoration.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 60 millimetres
    • Width: 74 millimetres
    • Depth: 74 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Yongle mark
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF 487

    Square water pot


    The shape of this water pot was introduced in the middle Ming period and was revived in the late Ming and Qing periods. It would have been used to store water for washing calligraphy brushes. Most scholars agree that the quality of ceramic production declined in the nineteenth century at Jingdezhen. The Sir Percival David Collection is interesting for both its high quality pieces and other teaching materials.


    Porcelain with incised decoration and transparent glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Location

    G95/case41/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.487

White porcelain square water-pot with incised decoration round the sides of a key-fret just below the rim, with a dragon among waves chasing a flaming pearl as the main decoration. Covered, except for the mouth-rim, with a blue-toned glaze.

White porcelain square water-pot with incised decoration round the sides of a key-fret just below the rim, with a dragon among waves chasing a flaming pearl as the main decoration. Covered, except for the mouth-rim, with a blue-toned glaze.

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