Longquan porcelain flask with flattened sides with two lugs near the base on each side, squared shoulders with two pairs of lugs, and short cylindrical neck with everted lip. The flask has grey green glaze. There is a four-lobed panel on each side with a three-clawed dragon chasing a pearl among clouds in relief, and floral motifs in relief on the shoulders.
- Made in: Longquan (area)
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Longquan Area)
- Height: 310 millimetres
- Width: 354 millimetres
Published PDF date : Yuan 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Flask with a dragon among clouds
In the Yuan dynasty, potters working in the Longquan area were unable to recreate the blue-green opaque glazes of the Southern Song dynasty (AD 1127–1279), as they increased their production. Yuan Longquan wares, exemplified by this large wine decanter, are typically decorated with applied moulded designs such as dragons, fish or flowers beneath a bean-green glaze. Merchants exported Longquan ceramics widely. Customers in Southeast and East Asia, the Middle East, Africa and occasionally Europe admired their hard bodies and glossy celadon glazes.
Stoneware, porcelain-type, incised, with applied moulded decoration and green glaze
Longquan region, Zhejiang province 浙江省，龍泉地區
Yuan dynasty, AD 1279–1368
17 April 2009
Assess orange/ brown area on handles.
Two small handles on one side of the flask exhibited an orange/ brown surface. Under microscope inspection it appeared to be a restoration material, possibly shellac covering plaster fills. It was not original or an old gold repair. When removed two plaster fills were revealed.
Areas were investigated under a microscope and did not appear to be original, and infact hid plaster repairs. Brown material was removed using acetone applied on cotton wool swabs on a satay stick. The plaster fills were removed mechanically with a scalpel.These areas were steam cleaned using distilled water; run off dirt and water absorbed into soft tissue paper.Missing areas filled with Fynebond mixed with microballoons and pigments. Cut back with scalpel and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive paper.
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Hirooka Collection, Kobe.
If you’ve noticed a mistake or have any further information about this object, please email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Object reference number: RRC38659
British Museum collection data is also available in the W3C open data standard, RDF, allowing it to join and relate to a growing body of linked data published by organisations around the world.
The Museum makes its collection database available to be used by scholars around the world. Donations will help support curatorial, documentation and digitisation projects.