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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.533

  • Description

    Elongated ovoid porcelain vase with trumpet mouth. Covered all over with opaque pale turquoise glaze. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1912-1949
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 150 millimetres
    • Diameter: 55 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Translation

        made in the Qing dynasty, Yongzheng reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:

    PDF B533

    Vase with turquoise glaze


    This porcelain bottle is coated with an opaque turquoise glaze coloured with copper. It has an apocryphal Yongzheng reign mark on the base. This vase was part of a collection of single-coloured porcelains given by Mountstuart Elphinstone (AD 1871–1957) just before the opening of the Percival David Foundation in 53 Gordon Square, London, in 1952. Like David, Elphinstone was a noted collector and member of the Oriental Ceramic Society. Much of Elphinstone’s porcelain collection is believed to have been damaged as the result of its packing straw catching fire.


    Porcelain with transparent and turquoise glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Republican period, about 1911–1949

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.49, no.B533 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.49, no.B533 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case37/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.533

Elongated ovoid porcelain vase with trumpet mouth. Covered all over with opaque pale turquoise glaze. Mark on base.

Elongated ovoid porcelain vase with trumpet mouth. Covered all over with opaque pale turquoise glaze. Mark on base.

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