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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.813

  • Description

    Porcelain cup with two gilt 'cloud-scroll' handles and gilt mouth-rim. Creamy white crackled porcelain 'hua shi' ware with orange-skin surface. Decorated on exterior in 'famille rose' palette enamels with figures of the Eight Immortals in a landscape.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1770-1850
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 104 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A813

    Cup with the Eight Immortals


    This cup is painted with the Eight Immortals. Zhongli Quan, Zhang Guolao, Lan Caihe, Han Xiangzi , Cao Guojiu, Li Tiegua, Lu Dongbin and He Xiangu. Qing 粉彩 (fencai ‘powdered colours’) are opaque and have no underglaze blue outlines. The opaque colours of this palette are made of lead-alkali-silicates, like cloisonné enamels. Pink and a lead-arsenate-white enamel were introduced to the palette about AD 1720, greatly increasing the range of possible colours available to the potters.


    Porcelain with fencai (powdered colours)
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1770–1850

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.33, no.A813 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.49, no.A813 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.88, no.75 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh9

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    8 March 2010

    Treatment proposal

    Dismantle handle and restick

    Condition

    Gilded cup with worn gilding partially on the rim and handles. There are also three chips on the rim.

    One of the handles had been previously broken in three places including where it attached (top and bottom) to the body of the cup. A plaster restoration had replaced part of the bottom section of the handle - where it joined to the cup.

    The joins were quite wide and been adhered with a discoloured epoxy, these had been overpainted onto the original surface.

    Treatment details

    The handle was dismantled and cleaned at first using acetone and then Nitromors applied with a paint brush along the joins (avoiding the gilding).

    The joins were quite stained and it was attempted to clean them at first using Nitromors, then Ariel in warm water finally with Laponite and acetone. Although the majority of the stains came out there were still a few dark patches.

    The handle was then rejoined and attached to the body of the vessel using Fynebond epoxy resin mixed with a small amount of fumed silica.

    Where there had been a previous plaster restoration joining the bottom section of the handle, this was replaced using a thick paste of Fynebond epoxy resin, mixed with fumed silica and pigments. After curing this was shaped and layered with another coating of Fynebond epoxy resin, fumed silica, Microballoons and pigments to replicate the glaze. This was shaped slightly after curing and polished with various grades of Micromesh.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Lady David 1973 records: From the George R. Davies Collection, see "Catalogue", p. 14, No. 33. PDF card: George R. Davies Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.813

Porcelain cup with two gilt 'cloud-scroll' handles and gilt mouth-rim. Creamy white crackled porcelain 'hua shi' ware with orange-skin surface. Decorated on exterior in 'famille rose' enamels with figures of the Eight Immortals in a landscape.

Porcelain cup with two gilt 'cloud-scroll' handles and gilt mouth-rim. Creamy white crackled porcelain 'hua shi' ware with orange-skin surface. Decorated on exterior in 'famille rose' enamels with figures of the Eight Immortals in a landscape.

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