Large porcelain vase of baluster form, with painted areas all carved in low relief. There are two large four-clawed red dragons rising from blue waves chasing a flaming pearl in underglaze blue, red and celadon glaze. There is an inscription on the base.
- 1681-1688 (about)
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 421 millimetres
- Diameter: 170 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Kangxi nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade during the Kangzxi reign of the Great Qing dynasty
Inscription CommentSix-character Kangxi mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
Vase showing dragons among waves
Porcelain painters demonstrated their virtuosity by combining three high-fired colours that were difficult to control, in order to decorate this vase, a level of technical achievement that reflects close court patronage and supervision. The design was carved into the body in shallow relief and then copper-red added to the two dragons, underglaze cobalt-blue for the crashing waves, dragons’ manes and spines and iron-pigmented celadon for the rocks’ outer edges. Although the technique of combining underglaze red and blue was first used more than three hundred years earlier by Yuan dynasty potters at the same kiln site, Jingdezhen, the addition of celadon glaze to these items was an innovation of the late seventeenth century. The design was based on a painting by Liu yuan of 1681–1688
Porcelain with underglaze copper-red, underglaze cobalt-blue, transparent and celadon glazes
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, about AD1681–1688
15 April 2009
Reason for treatment
The vase is in good condition. It has a approx 10cm running crack vertical from the rim towards the shoulder.
The vase was swab cleaned using deionised water with a couple of drops of Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate) applied on cotton wool. A poultice made fromLaponite RD (sodium magnesium lithium silicate) in water was applied to the crack, this was covered with polythene and left overnight. The polythene was removed and left for a couple of hours before the laponite was removed and the crack was gently steam cleaned. The process was repeated three times, this reduced the staining significantly, however the crack was still visible. A final poultice using Ariel solution in water was applied, this was covered with polythene and left overnight. The ariel solution was removed and the crack was gently steam cleaned, this removed the staining to a satisfactory level.
PDF card: Elphinstone Gift
Large porcelain vase of baluster form. Underglaze blue, red and celadon glaze with two large four-clawed red dragons rising from blue waves chasing a flaming pearl. Painted areas all carved in low relief. Inscription on base.
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Object reference number: RRC40042
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