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  • Description

    Dehua porcelain incense burner of 'gui'-like form with two modelled lion masks surrounded by curls of fur. The base is glazed. Reign mark impressed on base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 74 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Chenghua reign
      • Inscription Comment

  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 422

    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. The base carries an impressed apocryphal Chenghua mark 大明成化年製.

    Porcelain with transparent glaze
    Dehua ware 德化窯
    Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900PDF 422





  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 225 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc34/sh7

  • Condition

    The glaze is coming away from the edge of the foot ring, and there is a firing crack across the nose of one lion and in the fur of the other.

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Dehua porcelain incense burner of 'gui'-like form with two modelled lion masks surrounded by curls of fur. The base is glazed.

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