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Pair of Dehua porcelain vases with depressed globular body. The vases have creamy white glaze. There is a finely modelled split-tailed dragon curled round the long neck holding a leafy branch in its mouth.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 115 millimetres
Room 95 label text:
Pair of vases with dragons curled around the necks
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 glazes
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1900
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Object reference number: RRC38758
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