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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.644

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1681-1688 (about)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 421 millimetres
    • Diameter: 170 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清康熙年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Kangxi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made during the Kangzxi reign of the Great Qing dynasty
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Kangxi mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF C644

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 77 and p. 315 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 68, no. 63 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.108, no.C644, colour p.45 (reign mark, p.119) bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.80, no.41 (p.94, mark on base) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.80, no.C644, pl.XVI bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.98, no.101 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case64-1

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    15 April 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Clean Crack

    Condition

    The vase is in good condition. It has a approx 10cm running crack vertical from the rim towards the shoulder.

    Treatment details

    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.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.644

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.

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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