Small porcelain snuff-bottle of guan form and domed cover with knop. There are five-clawed dragons against dense flower and leaf ground in underglaze blue, and a similar dense flower and leaf pattern on the cover, with a narrow band of ruyi heads on neck. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 77 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Yongzheng nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Yongzheng reign of the Qing dynasty
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Snuff bottle with five-clawed dragon
Jesuit missionaries residing within the Forbidden City brought with them Western technologies such as enamelling glass and introduced Western habits such as taking snuff (powdered tobacco flavoured with aromatic substances). By the reign of the emperor Kangxi (AD 1662–1722), taking snuff had become an imperial habit. Chinese craftsmen revelled in the production of miniature works of art and the tiny snuff-bottle form provided a means to demonstrate their skills.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period (1723–35)
17 March 2010
Reason for treatment
Examine cork around inside of lid - appears loosened/delaminating Consolidation needed (handling object).
The inside of the lid of the vessel consists of a ceramic core surrounded by a cork ring to act as a seal. The cork is partially missing. Remaining cork is discoloured and partly detached from the ceramic core. Consolidation is needed to prevent total detachment.
Re-adhered cork using Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) 30% w/v in 70%:30% mixture of acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone): IMS (ethanol, methanol). Consolidated loose areas with Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) 20% w/v in 70%:30% mixture of acetone: IMS.Wet cleaned exterior of vessel and lid using a cotton wool pad moistened with a 50%/50% mixture of deionised water and IMS. Patted dry with a low-lint tissue.
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Object reference number: RRC40032
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