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vase

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.447

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 17thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • 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 1644–1700PDF 447

    白釉貼塑龍紋蒜頭瓶


    1600年至1911年間的德化器物以器皿和各類塑像為特色,其胎體潔白,質如極細沙,釉色閃青或呈奶油白色。鐵元素的顯著降低使得器物呈色更為白淨,事實上胎土的氧化鐵含量僅有0.5%。此器胎釉完美地熔融結合在一起。中國東南部福建德化窯生產的素白瓷,在西方以十九世紀法國鑒賞家所用的“中國白”一詞而聞名。


    瓷器,透明釉
    德化窯
    福建省德化
    清代,約1644-1700年

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 100 and p. 318 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc34/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: acquired before 1934.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    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.

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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