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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.424

  • Description

    Dehua porcelain incense burner with depressed globular body, straight neck, two loop handles and three small feet. The incense burner has creamy glaze with a faint pinkish tinge.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 78 millimetres
    • Diameter: 136 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Partly illegible
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 424

    Incense burner


    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. It has a six character mark in a rectangular frame on the base which is hard to decipher.


    Porcelain with transparent glaze
    Dehua ware 德化窯
    Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 155, pl. CLIV(b) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case34/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.424

Dehua porcelain incense burner with depressed globular body, straight neck, two loop handles and three small feet. The incense burner has creamy glaze with a faint pinkish tinge. There is an unglazed circular area inside the bottom with four spur marks.

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