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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.775

  • Description

    Conical bowl of 'bodiless' porcelain, with five-lobed rim. Decorated inside and outside with design of grapevine and three butterflies in overglaze green, aubergine, red and sepia enamels. Executed so that two sides perfectly matched one over the other. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1900-1911
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50 millimetres
    • Diameter: 158 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in dark underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A775

    Bowl with design of grapevine and three butterflies


    There is a six-character apocryphal Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze green, aubergine, red and sepia enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1900–1911

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 no.A775 not included bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.48, no.156, pl. XIII (See 'The Kitchener Dream Bowl'. in "Oriental Art", II (1965), pp 215-219.) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.59, no.A775 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 pp 128 & 129, pls CXXVII & CXXVIII bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 70-71, no.A775 (colour p.40) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case32/sh9

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    22 January 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Surface clean, clean crack if possible, conslidate as required

    Condition

    Surface Dirt. Crack runing vertically from the rim, dirt visible. Movement in crack

    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. The cracks was steam cleaned to remove dirt. Ariel automatic (anionic and non ionic synthetic surfactants,sodium tripolyphosphate)on cotton wool strips were applied locally over the cracks on the interior 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 one further time. The dirt had now been successfully removed from all cracks. To ensure no significant residues 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. The cracks were consolidated with 5% Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) in acetone applied with a micropipette. Excess was removed with acetone on cotton wool.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: With this Imperial bowl are its casket and stand and autograph letters from Lord Kitchener to his agent in China showing that Lord Kitcher was in treaty for its purchase and had actually gone so far as to order the casket. The negotiations were interrupted by the death of the owner's brother and Lord Kitchener to his lasting regret had no opportunity of completing them. Medley 1978 records: "The Kitchener Dream Bowl", in "OA" II (1965), pp 215-219. PDF card: Acquired before 1935

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.775

Conical bowl of 'bodiless' porcelain, with five-lobed rim. Decorated inside and outside with design of grapevine and three butterflies in overglaze green, aubergine, red and sepia enamels. Executed so that two sides perfectly matched one over the other. Mark on base.

Conical bowl of 'bodiless' porcelain, with five-lobed rim. Decorated inside and outside with design of grapevine and three butterflies in overglaze green, aubergine, red and sepia enamels. Executed so that two sides perfectly matched one over the other. Mark on base.

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