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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.614

  • Description

    Porcelain flask of baoyue form with two strap handles. Underglaze blue with a roundel on each side with a four-square five-clawed dragon amid flames and stylised clouds with a flaming pearl at the centre. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 184 millimetres
    • Width: 128 millimetres
    • Depth: 78 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        宣和
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Xuanhe
      • Inscription Translation

        All pervading peace
      • Inscription Comment

        Xuanhe is the reign title of the Northern Song dynasty (AD 1119–1125).
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Yonzheng 1723-1725Room 95 label text:

    PDF C614

    Pilgrim flask with dragons in roundels


    Qing potters have modelled this flask on an early fifteenth century form. It is decorated in Qing eighteenth century style with a roundel on either side framing a dragon. On the base is a two character inscription in underglaze blue which reads宣和(xuanhe ‘all pervading peace’). Xuanhe is the reign title of the Northern Song dynasty (AD 1119–1125).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2004 p.103, no.C614 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.76, no.C614 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 128-129, no. 55 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh2

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    10 March 2010

    Treatment proposal

    Possibly dismantle and reattach base

    Condition

    It appears that at some point the base of the flask was detached and then rejoined. There is a lot of purple staining underneath the glaze surrounding this join which does not fluorese under UV. The join iteslf although quite tight has chipped edges.

    The purple stain could have arisen from what was previously stored in the flask (wine?) as the inside of the vase is also very stained.

    Treatment details

    It was attempted to dismantle the base by using Nitromors poulitces, covered with foil to delay evaporation and then dripping dichloromethane into the crack. Although a small amount of adhesive was drawn out through the Nitromors application the join remained tight and non-moving. It was therefore decided in discussion with LH that the join should remain as is and was instead consolidated using 20% Paraloid B72 in acetone incase it had been weakened.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.614

Porcelain flask of baoyue form  with two strap handles. Underglaze blue with a roundel on each side with a four-square five-clawed dragon amid flames and stylised clouds with a flaming pearl at the centre. Inscription on base.

Porcelain flask of baoyue form with two strap handles. Underglaze blue with a roundel on each side with a four-square five-clawed dragon amid flames and stylised clouds with a flaming pearl at the centre. Inscription on base.

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