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    Porcelain garlic-headed vase with depressed globular body. The vase has creamy glaze. There are two raised bands under the garlic head, and a finely modelled relief design of a split tailed dragon holding a leafy branch in its mouth, curled round the neck of the vase.

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    • 17thC
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    • Height: 260 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing KangxiRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 447

    Vase with dragon in relief

    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.

    Porcelain with transparent glaze
    Dehua ware 德化窯
    Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1644–1700


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    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 100 and p. 318 bibliographic details
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    PDF card: acquired before 1934.

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Porcelain stand with raised square bands below the neck, and three openwork panels in the centre. The stand has cream white glaze. Stand for PDF.447.

Porcelain stand with raised square bands below the neck, and three openwork panels in the centre. The stand has cream white glaze. Stand for PDF.447.

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