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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.829

  • Description

    Enamelled porcelain vase with ovoid body. Fine white glassy porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with rocks, bamboo and roses, and poetical inscription in black, and three seals in red enamel. Pair with PDFA830.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1735-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 170 millimetres
    • Diameter: 88 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Qianlong mark in a double square in blue enamel on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:

    PDF A829

    Vase with a poetic inscription


    The poem on this vase has been translated '[The bamboo's] many stems are lustrous and of beautiful form. All four seasons are as spring to them.'


    Porcelain with fencai (powdered colours)
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, AD 1736–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.36, no.A829 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.54, no.A829 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.83, no.70 (pair with A830) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh6

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    30 March 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Remove overpaint, reassess- dismantle. Fill if necessary.

    Condition

    The object has been restored in the past. It has been overpainted with airbrush in a large area. The overpaint is quiet thick and has yellowed. It is difficult to see how much damage there is underneath the overpaint.

    Treatment details

    Removed all overpaint with Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol,methanol) on cotton wool swabs, on thicker areas with the help of a scalpel, finishing with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) on cotton wool swabs. Overpaint was covering lots of the original surface. The old joins were revealed, as well as some small fills. The fills were removed mechanically with hot water and a scalpel.

    The object was dismantled by applying Nitromors *NITW* acetone soluble (methylene chloride,sodium hydroxide) along the joins applied with a paint brush and covered with aluminium foil to decrease evaporation. Once the joins were dismantled, the Nitromos was removed with cold water. The adhesive on the join interfaces was removed with scalpel and the walls of the join interfaces were steam cleaned with de-ionised water to remove ingrained dirt, dried with paper towels.

    The fragments were let to dry for a week under a cover to prevent dirt and dust contaminating the clean break edges, then it was reconstructed by securing with masking tape. Fynebond resin was mixed with a small amount of zinc white and titanium white and it was applied to joins, drawn in by capillary action. Excess removed with acetone on a cotton wool swab on a satay stick and a scalpel blade. The gaps were filled with Fynebond which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. Resin was applied with a metal spatula, allowed to cure fully for 2 days, then softened with Acetone on a cotton wool swabs and shaved back to the correct size. Resin was allowed to cure for a further 2 days before being polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. Object was further cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel. Some of the fills were retouched with Golden acrylic paints.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.829

Enamelled porcelain vase with ovoid body. Fine white glassy porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with rocks, bamboo and roses, and poetical inscription in black, and three seals in red enamel. Pair with PDFA830.

Enamelled porcelain vase with ovoid body. Fine white glassy porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with rocks, bamboo and roses, and poetical inscription in black, and three seals in red enamel. Pair with PDFA830.

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