teapot / lid
Dehua porcelain teapot, rounded in form with a square mouth-rim, and relief decoration of leafy branches, with one branch forming the handle and another the lid and its handle. On the base is a foot ring in the form of a six pointed star.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 94 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the side
Inscription TransliterationCha shou jing qing
Inscription TranslationRipe tea leaves of deep green
Inscription CommentIncised into the side 'Cha shou jing qing' (ripe tea leaves of deep green)
Room 95 label text:
Teapot with leafy branches in relief
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 1644–1700
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Object reference number: RRC38769
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