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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 184 millimetres
- Width: 128 millimetres
- Depth: 78 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TranslationAll pervading peace
Inscription CommentXuanhe is the reign title of the Northern Song dynasty (AD 1119–1125).
Published PDF date : Qing Yonzheng 1723-1725Room 95 label text:
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
10 March 2010
Reason for treatment
Possibly dismantle and reattach base
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.
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.
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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Object reference number: RRC40014
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