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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.792

  • Description

    Porcelain double gourd-shaped vase. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Design on the exterior of grapevines wrapping around vessel from top to bottom, painted in pale aubergine, dark and light green and red enamels. Small squirrel in brown underneath, eating grapes. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 128 millimetres
    • Diameter: 75 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Yongzheng mark in a double circle in underglaze blue
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A792

    Gourd-shaped vase with doucai grapevines


    This small gourd-shaped vase is painted with underglaze-blue outlines and washes and shades of overglaze green, aubergine, red and yellow enamels in doucai style. A squirrel-like animal is depicted eating grapes on a fruiting vine which wraps around the vessel. Squirrels known as 松鼠 (songshu ‘tree shrew’) with 葡萄 (putao ‘grapes’) is a visual pun which implies a good wish for ceaseless generations of sons and grandsons.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD1723–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 248 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.50, no.162 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.75, no.A792, colour p.17 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case64-6

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.792

Porcelain double gourd-shaped vase. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Design on outside of grapevines wrapping around vessel from top to bottom, painted in pale aubergine, dark and light green and red enamels. Small squirrel in brown underneath, eating grapes. Mark on base.

Porcelain double gourd-shaped vase. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Design on outside of grapevines wrapping around vessel from top to bottom, painted in pale aubergine, dark and light green and red enamels. Small squirrel in brown underneath, eating grapes. Mark on base.

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