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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.400

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 150 millimetres
    • Diameter: 72 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Script

        seal script
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Xuande nianzhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Great Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Apocryphal
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF A400

    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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  • Location

    G95/dc34/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.400

White porcelain vase with two handles fitted with rings. Carved band of key-fret around waist. Pair with A400.

White porcelain vase with two handles fitted with rings. Carved band of key-fret around waist. Pair with A400.

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