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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
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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Object reference number: RRC39212
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