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    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 46 millimetres
    • Diameter: 100 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

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      • 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 B524

    Bowl with lime-green glaze

    This bowl 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.

    Porcelain with underglaze-blue mark and lead-antimonate-pigmented lime-green glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD1723–35


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.48, no.B524 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.48, no.B524 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.89, no.94 (green bowl) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.96, no.97 (green bowl) bibliographic details
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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    14 January 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Investigate mottled green glaze.


    Slight mottled green glaze.

    Treatment details

    The exterior was examined under UV light. Testing was conducted of the surface using acetone and IMS swabs. The surface was cleaned using Symperonic A7 diluted in deionised water and steam cleaned. It was further cleaned using acetone swabs on satay sticks.

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  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

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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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