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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.88

  • 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 wide golden-brown crackle. There is an inscription on the base, which is glazed. The foot rim is unglazed. Pair with PDF A87.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 143 millimetres
    • Width: 86 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 A88

    Hu-shaped vase with guan-type celadon glaze


    The Qianlong emperor is known for his fascination with antiques. He had a fabulous collection of Chinese bronzes, jades, ceramics, painting, calligraphy and decorative art objects. This vase combines the shape of an ancient bronze with the glaze of Song dynasty guan wares, recreated on a porcelain body. This combination of an interest in the antique and a desire to experiment and create something new is a fundamental part of Chinese culture.


    Porcelain with crackled iron-pigmented glaze and dark brown slip
    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.27, no.18 (and base) (pair with A87) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.43, no.A88 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 74-75, no.A88 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc50/sh5

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Yorke Hardy 1953 records "Elphinstone Gift"

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.88

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 wide golden-brown crackle. Rim of foot unglazed and base glazed, with inscription. Pair with PDFA87.

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 wide golden-brown crackle. Rim of foot unglazed and base glazed, with inscription. Pair with PDFA87.

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