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flask

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.882

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1700-1720
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 195 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 882

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.26, no.882 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.42, no.882 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc31/sh10

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.882

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.

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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