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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.823

  • Description

    Bottle-shaped vase with globular body and tall cylindrical neck. The vase has a fine white body. There is a landscape scene of a mounted official looking over his shoulder as he gallops away on his horse in low relief and 'famille verte' palette enamel on the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 365 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清雍正年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Yongzheng nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:

    PDF 823

    Enamelled vase with horseman


    This vase shows a scholar-official on horseback, accompanied by his servant carrying a 古琴 (guqin 'zither') wrapped in a flower-patterned cloth. The rider holds his crop in the air, pointing to a pair of flying birds that emerge from intertwined prunus and magnolia trees. The scene may be an illustration of the Tang poet Meng Jiao's 孟郊(AD 751–814) lines from his poem 'On Passing the Imperial Examinations': "On my cantering horse in the spring breeze, my eyes joyfully devoured all the blossoms in the capital Chang'an in a single day." Potters carved the design in low relief to make it more dramatic and added enamel colours over the glaze, using green wash shading to add volume and tiny black dots to suggest texture. This translucent watercolour-like palette, characterised by shades of green, black, red and yellow, and the relief carving style are rare in the period of the Yongzheng emperor but were highly popular in his father, Kangxi’s reign (AD1662–1722).


    Porcelain with relief carving and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD1723–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 91 and p. 317 (Reverse & mark p. 278) bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.13, no.823 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.25, no.823 bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.81, no.42 (p.94, mark on base) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case64-2

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    The bottle vase was no 215 in the Sotheby London catalogue of June 1937. Yamanaka bought the vase at the June 1937 auction.Van Heukelom made a description of his collection in this ms it is no. 208. In the ms it states that he bought it from Worch (unfortunately no date, but probably around 1930) for 10,600 guilders. (appr 1000 pounds, bit more), Heukelom wrote that the vase came directly from China. Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Hon Mountstuart Elphinstone Collection. PDF card: Elphinstone Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.823

Bottle-shaped vase with globular body and tall cylindrical neck. Fine white porcelain decorated in low relief in 'famille verte' enamels, on one side with a landscape scene of a mounted official looking over his shoulder as he gallops away on his horse.

Bottle-shaped vase with globular body and tall cylindrical neck. Fine white porcelain decorated in low relief in 'famille verte' enamels, on one side with a landscape scene of a mounted official looking over his shoulder as he gallops away on his horse.

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