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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.555

  • Description

    Pear-shaped porcelain bottle vase. Covered with powder-blue glaze with gilt lotus decoration around body, a lizard-like dragon round the neck and floral diaper band at base of neck. Base unglazed. Pair with B556.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 180 millimetres
    • Diameter: 100 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 17th-18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B555

    Bottle with ‘powder-blue’ glaze


    Potters blew the colour onto the glaze to decorate this bottle. Potters took a bamboo tube covered with silk gauze and blew ground cobalt through it onto the moist transparent glaze. After firing at a high-temperature, they added gilt designs. This type of Chinese monochrome was very popular in Europe where it was copied successfully in England at the Worcester and Bow porcelain factoris around 1760.


    Porcelain with transparent and powder-blue glazes and gilding
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.52, no.B555 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.53, no.B555 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc46/sh5

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.555

Pear-shaped porcelain bottle vase. Covered with powder-blue glaze with gilt lotus decoration around body, a lizard-like dragon round the neck and floral diaper band at base of neck. Base unglazed. Pair with B556.

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