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.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 290 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription Content長命 富貴
Inscription TransliterationChangming fugui
Inscription TranslationWealth, honour and long life
Published PDF date : 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39090
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