Dehua porcelain incense burner in the form of an archaic bronze 'gui' with depressed globular body and spreading mouth with two handles at the sides. The incense burner has creamy glaze.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 43 millimetres
Room 95 label text:
Incense burner modelled after bronze ‘gui’
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 1700–1900
Asia Archive: Margaret Medley PDF papers, 1980s.
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Object reference number: RRC38771
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