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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.579

  • Description

    Porcelain baluster-shaped vase. Covered outside with dull copper-red peach bloom type glaze, fading to white at rim, with slightly green shading rising from foot. Inside and base covered in pitted clear glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 240 millimetres
    • Diameter: 115 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF B579

    Baluster-shaped vase with peach-bloom glaze


    This porcelain baluster-shaped vase is glazed with a copper-red peach bloom type glaze, fading to white at the rim, with slightly green shading rising from the foot. 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.


    Porcelain with transparent and copper-red peach-bloom glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.56, no.B579 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.57, no.B579 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case48/sh9

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    29 January 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Try to clean the cracks.

    Condition

    The cracks were dirty and the chip at the top of the crack appeared to be unstable.

    Treatment details

    Poulticed using a solution of Ariel in distilled water, using cotton wool and clingfilm. After cleaning the surface is rinsed with distilled water applied on cotton wool swabs or Kleenex tissue. This is then steam cleaned. Surface wiped wth a dry tissue to remove any remaining distilled water.

    Poulticed with *LAPRD* mixed with distilled water and *IMS* covered with cling film to slow down evaporation.

    The crack was consolidated with 20% Paraloid B72 in acetone.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.579

Porcelain baluster-shaped vase. Covered outside with dull copper-red peach bloom type glaze, fading to white at rim, with slightly green shading rising from foot. Inside and base covered in pitted clear glaze.

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