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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. Reign mark impressed on base.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 74 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Chenghua nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Chenghua reign
Published PDF date : Qing 17th centuryRoom 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. 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 1700–1900
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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Object reference number: RRC38770
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