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pilgrim flask

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.733

  • Description

    Porcelain moon flask (baoyue ping) with two cloud-shaped handles. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze red, green and pale aubergine enamels. The design is of a flowering peach branch overhanging a stream, with iron red blossoms. Mark on neck.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 182 millimetres
    • Width: 145 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        around mouth rim
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明成化年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty Chenghua reign
      • Inscription Comment

        apocryphal
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A733

    Doucai flask with flowering peach branch


    Although the shape of this 'moon' flask with flattened round body, tubular neck and cloud scroll handles is centuries old, referring to the porcelain bian hu first made at Jingdezhen for the Yongle emperor (AD1403—24) (see case 56), the decoration in terms of palette and technical skill is an innovation of the Yongzheng reign but echoes the doucai style of the Chenghua era. The detail used in the painting is remarkable, reflecting both the court commissioning of this piece and the supervision of its manufacture at the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen. The neck carries an underglaze blue six-character apocryphal Chenghua mark.


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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 92 and p. 317 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 51, no. 45 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.51, no.171 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.56, no.A733, colour p.39 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.76, no.45 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.88, no.83 (left) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc64/s6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired before 1935

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.733

Porcelain moon flask (baoyue ping) with two cloud-shaped handles. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze red, green and pale aubergine enamels. The design is of a flowering peach branch overhanging a stream, with iron red blossoms. Mark on neck.

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