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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.776

  • Description

    Porcelain miniature double gourd vase with a straight mouth rim. There are carp among waves and rocks in underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze red and pale green enamel on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue at the mouth rim.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1700-1750
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 65 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on mouth rim
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明成化年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Chenghua reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in a horizontal line in underglaze blue along the mouth rim
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing early 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 776

    Miniature gourd-shaped vase with doucai-style decoration


    Qing鬥彩 (doucai ‘joined colours’) uses underglaze blue painting for outlines and overglaze enamels for infilled colour. These enamels are translucent like watercolours. This small bottle is decorated in doucai style with carp among waves and rocks in underglaze cobalt-blue and with overglaze red and pale green enamels. There is an apocryphal Chenghua reign mark in underglaze blue at the mouth rim.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD1700–1750

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 130, pl. CXXIX(a) bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.43, no.776 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.55, no.191, pl. XV bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 36-37, no. 9 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case31/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.776

Miniature porcelain double gourd vase with a straight mouth rim. Underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze red and pale green enamels. Carp among waves and rocks. Mark at mouth tim in underglaze blue.

Miniature porcelain double gourd vase with a straight mouth rim. Underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze red and pale green enamels. Carp among waves and rocks. Mark at mouth tim in underglaze blue.

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