Oval porcelain perfume casket in the form of a basket with pierced sides and lid, and bamboo handle (ti liang) with two supporting branches on either side of the handle. The casket has a white body. There are flowers between borders of keyfret and volute in on-biscuit enamel on the exterior.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 135 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
Perfume basket with flowers
Early Qing enamels fire as thin, translucent watercolour-like colours, dominated by green, black, aubergine, red and yellow pigments. Albert Jacquemart (AD 1808–1875) coined the terms famille verte in his Histoire de la céramique published in 1873, to describe this palette dominated by shades of green.
Porcelain moulded with overglaze enamels on the biscuit
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722
22 January 2009
Reason for treatment
Fill chip and paint.
The object is in stable condition, the lid presents a small chip on the top area.
The small chip was cleaned with acetone applied with cotton swabs. Then it was filled with Fynebond resin which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. The resin was applied with a metal spatula, allowed to cure fully for 2 days before being polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. Once the fill was finished, the decoration was in-painted using acrylic colours. The 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.
PDF card: Acquired before 1935.
Oval porcelain perfume casket in the form of a basket with pierced sides and lid, and bamboo handle (ti liang) with two supporting branches on either side of the handle. White porcelain decorated on the biscuit with flowers between borders of keyfret and volute.
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Object reference number: RRC39152
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