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wine-jar

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.759

  • Description

    Porcelain wine-jar with a short constricted neck, wide mouth, broad shoulders, and a slightly concave base. The wine-jar has a green-glazed interior. There are multi-coloured clouds in fahua-style with blue, turquoise and yellow lead on-biscuit glaze around the top of the neck, a band of ruyi heads around the neck, a cloud-collar band of flower sprays, with jewels and bead strings in between, on the shoulder, two peacocks among peony bushes and rocks, one flying and one walking, on the main body, and a band of stylised lotus petals above the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1488-1505
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 350 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 759

    Fahua wine jar showing a peacock


    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: turquoise, ink-blue, amber yellow, aubergine purple, emerald green and white. 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, turquoise and yellow on-biscuit glazes, with green-glazed interior
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1488–1505

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 57 and p. 312 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 151, pl. CL bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.18, no.24, pl.III bibliographic details
    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.25, no.35 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.35, no.759 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.76, no.69 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.89, no.85 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 58-59, no. 20 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case28/sh5

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: Fomerly in the possession of Madame Hortense Schneider, the well-known French actress of the Second Empire. PDF card: Madame Hortense Schneider Collection (a well-known actress of the Second Empire).

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.759

Porcelain 'guan' wine-jar with short constricted neck, wide mouth and broad shoulders, with a slightly concave base. Fahua style with blue, turquoise and yellow lead on-biscuit glazes, with green-glazed interior. Multi-coloured clouds around the neck, above a band of ruyi heads. Cloud-collar band of flower sprays on shoulder, with jewels and bead strings in between. Two peacocks, one flying and one walking on main body, among peony bushes and rocks. Band of stylised lotus petals above the base.

Porcelain 'guan' wine-jar with short constricted neck, wide mouth and broad shoulders, with a slightly concave base. Fahua style with blue, turquoise and yellow lead on-biscuit glazes, with green-glazed interior. Multi-coloured clouds around the neck, above a band of ruyi heads. Cloud-collar band of flower sprays on shoulder, with jewels and bead strings in between. Two peacocks, one flying and one walking on main body, among peony bushes and rocks. Band of stylised lotus petals above the base.

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