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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.804

  • Description

    Porcelain vermillion box with five-lobed sides. Porcelain imitating glass decorated in thick blue enamel with flower scrolls and the 'shou' character in seal form, surrounded by a border of bats and flowers.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 36 millimetres
    • Diameter: 64 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Qianlong seal mark in red enamel
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A804

    Box with overglaze blue enamel decoration


    There is a four-character Qianlong seal mark in red enamel on the base.


    Porcelain with overglaze blue and red enamels
    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.30, no.A804 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.46, no.A804 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.62, no.52 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.96, no.108 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.804

Porcelain vermillion box with five-lobed sides. Porcelain imitating glass decorated in thick blue enamel with flower scrolls and the 'shou' character in seal form, surrounded by a border of bats and flowers.

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