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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.820

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 135 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 820

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 219 bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.13, no.820 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.25, no.820 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.84, no.85 (right) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case31/sh2

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    22 January 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Fill chip and paint.

    Condition

    The object is in stable condition, the lid presents a small chip on the top area.

    Treatment details

    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.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired before 1935.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.820

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.

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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