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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.837

  • Description

    Porcelain cup with deep rounded sides, straight mouth no foot-rim and slightly recessed base. The cup has a fine white body. There are flowering peonies in opaque pink, blue, green and browish yellow enamel, on a ground of mottled yellow on the exterior. There is a reign mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1900-1949
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 44 millimetres
    • Diameter: 64 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        雍正年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yongzheng nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Yongzheng reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Yongzheng mark in a double square in overglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF 837

    Cup with flowering peonies in falangcai-style


    The base has an apocryphal four-character blue enamel Kangxi reign mark but this cup is quite different from the genuine eighteenth century falangcai wares which you can see in the gallery. The enamels are much thicker and far coarser than was prepared for the Kangxi emperor. This cup has been extensively restored.


    Porcelain with overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty or Republican period, about AD 1900–1949

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.17, no.837 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.33, no.837 bibliographic details
    • Hobson, Rackham & King 1931 pp.194-195; pl. 29; fig. C bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh6

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    10 March 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Dismantle, restick and fill chips.

    Condition

    The bowl has two large fragments broken on one side. The join lines were incredibly dirty and the ceramic was overpainted.

    Treatment details

    Dismantled in an atmosphere of *IMS* in a glass dessicator with tissue support. This had little effect so Nitromors were run along the join lines. The edges were then steam cleaned using distilled water; run off dirt and water absorbed into soft tissue paper and checked under UV light.

    Reconstructed dry, securing with magic tape. Fynebond applied to joins, drawn in by cappillary action. Excess removed with acetone on a cotton wool swab on a satay stick and a scalpel blade.

    Missing areas filled with Fynebond mixed with *ARSIL*. Cut back with a scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper. The missing design was inpainted using Golden Acrylics and smoothed with micromesh.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection. PDF card: Russell Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.837

Deep, tub-shaped (gang) cup with rounded sides, straight mouth and slightly recessed base. Fine white porcelain decorated with lotus scrolls in opaque orange, blue, green, and yellow "foreign" enamels, in a ground of deep rose; the interior white and undecorated.

Deep, tub-shaped (gang) cup with rounded sides, straight mouth and slightly recessed base. Fine white porcelain decorated with lotus scrolls in opaque orange, blue, green, and yellow "foreign" enamels, in a ground of deep rose; the interior white and undecorated.

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