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vase-stand / vase

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.785

  • Description

    Porcelain reticulated vase with tube-like straight neck, small mouth, flattened shoulders and a narrow flat base, on a ceramic stand. There is an openwork design of rocks and waves, and applied plaintain, lotus, chysanthemum and peony in relief , with Fahua style green, aubergine and blue on-biscuit enamel.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1488-1505
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 275 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Hongzhi 1488-1505Room 95 label text:

    PDF 785

    Reticulated fahua vase and stand


    Collectors coined the term 法華 or 琺華(Fahua ) in the 1920s. It refers to a decorative palette and style of ornament rather than to a kiln site. Rather like cloisonné decorated objects with boundaries of metal wires, fahua wares are decorated with designs generally outlined with trailed clay paste lines but sometimes with incised lines. These designs are filled in with bright overglaze colours. Chemically fahua glazes are of an alkaline type more commonly used in Middle Eastern ceramics. Two types were made: low-fired fahua stonewares in Northern China and high-fired fahua porcelains in Southern China.


    Porcelain with fahua decoration with blue, green, aubergine and yellow on-biscuit glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1488–1505

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 150, pl. CXLIX bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.19, no.25 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.46, no.785 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case28/sh3

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    20 March 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Clean chip on base of vase, remove old fills flowers. Re-do fills in stand, consolidate crack on stand

    Condition

    Vase: Chip missing from base, evidence of old fill material in it. Some flowers have been filled and retouched. Fibres of cotton wool are caught on some of the foliage possible from an old clean. Surface dirt.

    Stand: Two chips along top rim with old repairs. Old repais to leaf edges. Old crack, but possible old break. Surface dirt.

    Treatment details

    Glazed surface cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on cotton wool swabs and dried with a paper towel. Removed old plaster fills mechanically with a scalpel from both the stand and the vase. Condolidated break edges of areas to be filled on the stand with 20% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in 50:50 Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) : Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol). Consolidate crack/old break on the stand with 30% Paraloid B72 in Acetone:IMS. Gap filled key missing areas on the stand with Superfine casting plaster (hydrated calcium sulphate) mixed with water. Cut back with a scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper. Fine gap filled with Flugger fine surface acrylic filler. Retouched fills with Golden acrylic paints and Golden porcelain restoration glaze. 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

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the McKinnon Wood Collection. PDF card: Acquired Sotheby sale June 23, 1927, Lot 76 via Yamanaka £800. Previous owner Mckinnon Wood Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.785

Recticulated porcelain vase with tube-like straight neck, small mouth, flattened shoulders and a narrow flat base, on a ceramic stand. Fahua style decoration with green, aubergine and blue on biscuit enamels. Openwork design of rocks and waves with applied plaintain, lotus, chysanthemum and peony in relief.

Recticulated porcelain vase with tube-like straight neck, small mouth, flattened shoulders and a narrow flat base, on a ceramic stand. Fahua style decoration with green, aubergine and blue on biscuit enamels. Openwork design of rocks and waves with applied plaintain, lotus, chysanthemum and peony in relief.

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