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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.525

  • Description

    Hemispherical porcelain bowl. Covered outside in opaque lime-green enamel over plain high-fired glaze, showing white inside. Plain glaze on base, with inscription. Pair with B524.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 45 millimetres
    • Diameter: 100 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Yongzheng mark in a double ring in underglaze blue
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF B525

    Cup with lime green glaze


    This cup is finely potted and covered with a transparent glaze and underglaze-blue Yongzheng reign mark on the base. In a second firing, potters applied a bright lime-green glaze outside. This colour was an innovation of the Yongzheng reign and was influenced by Western technology. It was made by adding copper to lead-antimonate. Chinese potters made little use of lead-antimonate, despite having large deposits of it, but in Europe it was used for a bright yellow pigment in glass, glaze and oil paint. It is likely Chinese potters indirectly learned about this technology from Jesuits working in China. The base has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Yongzheng period.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and lime-green glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD 1723–1735

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.48, no.B525 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.48, no.B525 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case37/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.525

Hemispherical porcelain bowl. Covered outside in opaque lime-green enamel over plain high-fired glaze, showing white inside. Plain glaze on base, with inscription. Pair with B525.

Hemispherical porcelain bowl. Covered outside in opaque lime-green enamel over plain high-fired glaze, showing white inside. Plain glaze on base, with inscription. Pair with B525.

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