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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 50 millimetres
- Diameter: 158 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Chenghua mark in dark underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:
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
22 January 2009
Reason for treatment
Surface clean, clean crack if possible, conslidate as required
Surface Dirt. Crack runing vertically from the rim, dirt visible. Movement in crack
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.
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
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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