Small baluster-shaped porcelain vase. Two incised and carved circular floral panels on body, one lotus and one peony, alternating with two butterflies and two lingzhi fungi. Covered with light cobalt blue glaze fading at the mouth. Foot-ring unglazed. Clear glaze on base, with inscription.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 208 millimetres
- Diameter: 95 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationXuanhe nianzhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Xuanhe reign
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
Vase with inscribed base
Small baluster-shaped porcelain vase with two incised and carved circular floral panels on the body, one lotus and one peony, alternating with two butterflies and two lingzhi fungi. The vase is covered with a cobalt blue glaze. The base carries an underglaze blue inscription which reads 宣和年製 (Xuanhe nian zhi ‘made in the Xuanhe reign’). Xuanhe was an era name of the Chinese Northern Song emperor Huizong it lasted between AD 1119 and AD 1125.
Porcelain with incised designs and cobalt-blue glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722
Margaret Medley 1975, records: Gift of the Hon. Mountstuart Elphinstone. PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift. Dominic Jellinek. Bluett & Sons Archive. December 3rd 1935. 3132 : £37:10. Purchased by Bluett's from C.T. Loo, Paris, November 8th 1935: £25.
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Object reference number: RRC39834
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