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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.89

  • Description

    Guan type porcelain octagonal vase in form of ancient bronze hu with two tubular handles. The vase is painted with dark brown slip and covered in thick blue-grey glaze with faint crackle. There is an inscription on the base, which is glazed. The foot rim is unglazed. Pair with PDF A90.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 144 millimetres
    • Width: 83 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Qianlong seal-mark in underglaze blue
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing QianlongRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A89

    Vase in the form of an ancient bronze vessel called a hu


    This vase is of octagonal section with an eight-sided foot and two tubular handles on either side of the neck. Potters painted the pure white porcelain body on the foot with a dark brown slip and covered the whole vessel with a thick opaque blue-grey guan-type glaze with faint crackle. The base is marked with a six-character Qianlong seal mark. Throughout the sixty-year reign of the Qianlong emperor, seal script base marks predominated over standard script marks. The Qianlong emperor shared the antiquarian tastes of his father, the Yongzheng emperor, for ancient bronze shapes and Song-style celadon glazes.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and celadon glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, AD1736–95

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.28, no.19 (and base) (pair with A90) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.43, no.A89 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 75-76, no.A89 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case64-4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Yorke Hardy 1953 records "Elphinstone Gift"

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.89

Guan type porcelain octagonal vase in form of ancient bronze hu with two tubular handles. Porcelain body painted with dark brown slip and covered in thick blue-grey glaze with faint crackle. Rim of foot unglazed and base glazed, with inscription. Pair with PDFA90

Guan type porcelain octagonal vase in form of ancient bronze hu with two tubular handles. Porcelain body painted with dark brown slip and covered in thick blue-grey glaze with faint crackle. Rim of foot unglazed and base glazed, with inscription. Pair with PDFA90

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