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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.758

  • Description

    Dehua-type porcelain vase of baluster form, with narrow base and long neck with two animal masks in high relief, with rings hanging down against the body. There are peony sprays branching from behind rocks, dragonflies and a bird in overglaze red, green, turquoise and black enamel on the exterior, and a band of floral scrolls at the shoulder. There is an inscription in red enamels on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1628-1644
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 290 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        長命 富貴
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Changming fugui
      • Inscription Translation

        Wealth, honour and long life
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 758

    Inscribed vase, modelled after a bronze vessel


    This vase has rare enamel decoration of peony flowers and a phoenix and a red enamel inscription on the base inside the foot. The inscription reads 長命葍貴 (chang ming fu gui ‘long-life riches and honour’). Plain white porcelains from the Dehua kilns in Fujian, south-eastern China are known in the West by the nineteenth-century French connoisseurs’ term Blanc de Chine.


    Porcelain with overglaze red, green, turquoise and black enamels
    Dehua ware 德化窯
    Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
    Ming dynasty, Chongzhen period, AD 1628–44

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 190 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.35, no.758 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.44, no.135 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case34/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.758

Dehua-type porcelain vase of baluster form, with narrow base and long neck with two animal masks in high relief, with rings hanging down against the body. Overglaze red, green, turquoise and black enamels. Peony sprays branching from behind rocks, with dragonflies and a bird. Band of floral scrolls at the shoulder. Inscription on base in red enamels.

Dehua-type porcelain vase of baluster form, with narrow base and long neck with two animal masks in high relief, with rings hanging down against the body. Overglaze red, green, turquoise and black enamels. Peony sprays branching from behind rocks, with dragonflies and a bird. Band of floral scrolls at the shoulder. Inscription on base in red enamels.

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