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tea-bowl

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.520

  • Description

    Porcelain tea-bowl. Covered outside with bright pinkish-red rose enamel glaze. Plain porcelain glaze on inside. Inscription on white base. Pair with C521.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 45 millimetres
    • Diameter: 95 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清雍正年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da qing yongzheng nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

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

        Six -character Yongzheng mark, in three vertical lines of two characters each, in a double ring in underglaze blue
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:

    PDF C520

    Bowl with ruby-pink glaze


    Potters at the imperial kilns formed this bowl with a fine porcelain body. It is covered with a transparent glaze inside and over the blue mark on the base. The outside is covered with ruby-pink glaze which appears mottled, with areas of denser and lighter shades of these attractive colours. Potters blew the pigment onto the porcelains, possibly through a tube with silk gauze over the end to allow for an even but light spread of colour. The colour is low-fired and derives from Western technology, using colloidal gold. It was introduced into China in the late Kangxi reign about AD 1720. The base has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Yongzheng period. This is one of a pair with PDF C521.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and pink glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD 1723–1735

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.63, no.C520 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.63, no.C520 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.89, no.94 (dark pink bowl) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case64-5

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift. Dominic Jellinek. Bluett & Sons Archive. November 15th 1934. 2585/6: £10. Purchased by Bluett's from Christie's, November 13th 1934, Walter N.M. Reid Collection, lot 106 (part); £4:12. From the Collection of S. E. Kennedy. Probably from lot 236 at Christie's sale of the Kennedy Collection, June 21st 1916.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.520

Porcelain tea-bowl. Covered outside with bright pinkish-red rose enamel glaze. Plain porcelain glaze on inside. Inscription on white base. Pair with C520.

Porcelain tea-bowl. Covered outside with bright pinkish-red rose enamel glaze. Plain porcelain glaze on inside. Inscription on white base. Pair with C520.

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