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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.580

  • Description

    Two round porcelain boxes. Covered with dull copper-red glaze of peach-bloom type, shading to liverish tone with small areas of green shading. Plain glaze on inside and inscription on base. Pair with B581.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 37 millimetres
    • Diameter: 73 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Kangxi mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF B580

    Box with ‘peach-bloom’ glaze


    This innovative glaze was technically challenging. Potters covered the vase with a layer of clear glaze, followed by a layer of copper-rich pigment, possibly blown on, and added further layers of clear glaze on top. When fired in a reducing atmosphere, this sandwiched colour developed into soft mottled red and pink with flecks of moss-green. Western writers describe this glaze as ‘peach bloom’, likening its soft dappled tones to the greenish-yellow, pink and red skin of a peach, but Chinese connoisseurs call it 豇豆红 (jiangdou hong ‘ cowpea-red‘). It was applied to a limited number of forms, mostly small vases and writing utensils and was only used for a short period in the Kangxi reign. On the base it carries an underglaze blue Kangxi mark.


    Porcelain with copper-red glaze and underglaze cobalt-blue mark
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1704

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.56, no.B580 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.57, no.B580 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case50/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.580

Two round porcelain boxes. Covered with dull copper-red glaze of peach-bloom type, shading to liverish tone with small areas of green shading. Plain glaze on inside and inscription on base. Pair with B581.

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