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Dehua porcelain square seal surmounted by a modelled seated lion. The seal is stained red, and unglazed.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 61 millimetres
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription Transliterationhuai yi chen shi ji shan tang yin
Inscription TranslationSeal of the Hall of Kindness of the family of Chen in Huai Yi
Room 95 label text:
Seal with seated lion knob
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. 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 1700–1800
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Object reference number: RRC38775
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