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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.841

  • Description

    Tall porcelain vase with ovoid body. Fine white porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels and iron red with a golden pheasant standing on a rock on one foot and gazing down at a quail likewise on a rock and flanked by flowering peonies.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 230 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Yongzheng mark in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A841

    Vase with a golden pheasant


    This tall porcelain vase is decorated in fencai enamels and iron-red with a golden pheasant standing on a rock on one foot, looking down at a quail on a rock and flanked by flowering peonies.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, fencai (powdered colours) and iron red enamels and gold
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.39, no.A841 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.58, no.A841 bibliographic details
    • Hobson, Rackham & King 1931 pp. 198&199; Plate 31 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc33/sh9

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    6 April 2009

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    clean cracks if possible. Remove and re-do fill

    Condition

    Surface dirt. A small impact hole has been filled and retouched. Retouching has discoloured. Eminating from the impact point are running cracks that are dirty. A dirty crack is also visible running vertically from the rim.

    Treatment details

    Cleaned with deionised water and a few drops of Synperonic N (non ionic detergent, nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate), using cotton wool. After cleaning, surface rinsed with deionised water on cotton wool. Surface wiped with dry lab tissue to remove any remaining water. Discoloured retouching was removed with acetone on cotton wool. The fill, which looked to be made from Milliput, was removed under the microscope using a scalpel. Break edges and cracks were all steam cleaned. To further remove dirt from cracks Ariel automatic (anionic and non ionic synthetic surfactants,sodium tripolyphosphate)on cotton wool strips were applied locally on the exterior surface and covered with Clingfilm. After leaving overnight the Clingfilm was removed and the cracks steam cleaned to remove dirt and residues. This was repeated three times until the dirt had been removed to a satisfactory level. To ensure no significant residues of Ariel remained, a poultice of cotton wool strips soaked in de-ionised water was applied over the cracks and left to dry. This was repeated three times. Where required the cracks were consolidated with 5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone applied with a micropipette. Excess was removed from the surface with acetone on cotton wool swabs. Areas of loss were colour gap filled with Fynebond (epoxy resin) bulked with Aerosil 850 (fumed silica) and artists dry ground pigments to closely match the original. The desired surface was achieved by polishing with increasing grades of Micromesh (Aluminium oxide abrasive cloth) .

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection. PDF card: Russell Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.841

Tall porcelain vase with ovoid body. Fine white porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' enamels and iron red with a golden pheasant standing on a rock on one foot and gazing down at a quail likewise on a rock and flanked by flowering peonies.

Tall porcelain vase with ovoid body. Fine white porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' enamels and iron red with a golden pheasant standing on a rock on one foot and gazing down at a quail likewise on a rock and flanked by flowering peonies.

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