Porcelain flask of pilgrim vase form ('bian hu'), with flattened globular body, small oval base, and two ribbon form handles joining the shoulders to the neck, which has a bulbous centre and contracts to a small circular mouth. There is a dragon in a medallion in enamels on the body.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 195 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Pilgrim flask with dragons
Early Qing dynasty overglaze enamels fire as thin, translucent watercolour-like colours dominated by green, black, aubergine, red and yellow pigments. Blue is sometimes applied as an underglaze colour but was later often replaced by an overglaze blue that was invented about AD 1700. Albert Jacquemart (AD 1808–1875), the French civil servant, painter and collector of Chinese ceramics, coined the term famille verte in his Histoire de la céramique published in 1873, to describe these enamels as the palette is dominated by shades of green.
Porcelain with overglaze enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1720
9 February 2009
Remove overpaint and reasses
Evidence of old restorations to top half of flask. Excess overpaint has yellowed and been applied by an airbrush. It is difficult to see how much damage underneath the overpaint. Light surface dirt. Enamelled decoration is very slightly scratched. Some chipping to the enamelled decoration.
Removed all overpaint with Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) on cotton wool swabs. There are old plaster fills on one handle, on the spout and small fills on the bulbous neck. The break lines look clean. One fine running crack. Looked under UV light and noticed on areas of fine overpainting on one of the flowers on the main part of the flask, left intact. Removed plaster fills mechanically with a scalpel. Gap filled with Fynebond epoxy resin which was bulked heavily with Microballoons (silica or phenolic resin) to create a core fill. Heavily bulked Fynebond with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. Resin was applied with a metal spatula onto the core fill, allowed to cure fully for 2 days, then softened with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) on a cotton wool swabs and shaved back to the correct size. Resin was allowed to cure for a further 2 days before being polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. Object was further cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel.
Porcelain flask of pilgrim vase form ('bian hu'). Flattened globular body, small oval vase, and two ribbon form handles joining the shoulders to the neck, which has a bulbous centre and contracts to a small circular mouth.
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