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Porcelain vase with two handles fitted with rings. The vase has a white body. There is a carved band of key-fret around waist. Pair with A401.
- Made in: Dehua (?)
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 150 millimetres
- Diameter: 72 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Scriptseal script
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Xuande nianzhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Great Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
Room 95 label text:
Vase with ring handles and band of key fret pattern
Dehua wares of the period AD 1600–1911 are typified by 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 19th-century French connoisseurs’ term Blanc de Chine. This example has an apocryphal Xuande mark on the base.
Porcelain with carved decoration and transparent glaze
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900
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Object reference number: RRC39294
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