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Updated: 14 April 2015
Porcelain globular vase. The vase has a white body and cream white crackled glaze. There are key-fret panels moulded around base of neck and foot, a cloud collar around shoulder, a lotus panel around the base, vertical leaves and flowers incised onto the neck, and phoenixes among clouds around the body.
- Height: 172 millimetres
- Diameter: 83 millimetres
Room 95 label text:
Bottle-shaped vase with phoenixes
This bottle-shaped vase is decorated with phoenixes among clouds around body. Potters in the late Ming and Qing dynasties made copies of Ding wares at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, Zhangzhou in Fujian province and in other southern kilns. The vase is chalky white or ‘rice–coloured’ and potters covered it either with a white slip and a thin transparent glaze with a yellowish cast that crackled during the cooling process or with an opaque white glaze. Connoisseurs once called this type of ceramic 土定 (tu ding ‘earthen Ding ware’).
Underfired porcelain, incised and with transparent glaze
Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900
PDF card: Elphinstone Collection (Gift).
White porcelain globular vase. Covered with cream white crackled glaze. Decorated with moulded key-fret panels around base of neck and foot, cloud collar around shoulder and lotus panel around base. Vertical leaves and flowers incised onto neck, and phoenixes among clouds around body.
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Object reference number: RRC39364
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