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  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Porcelain vase of meiping form. Covered with thick copper-red glaze. Base, mouth-rim and inside covered with clear crackled glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 200 millimetres
    • Diameter: 111 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF C519

    Meiping vase with copper-red glaze

    The skills used to create these extraordinary red glazes were lost in China from the mid-fifteenth century until they were rediscovered in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The glaze has ‘crept’ at the rim of the dish to reveal the pure whiteness of the porcelain body.

    Porcelain with copper-red glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800


  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.101, no.88 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.63, no.C519 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.63, no.C519 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc50/sh7

  • Conservation

    See treatments 

    Treatment date

    30 March 2009

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Dismantle,clean, repair fill chips to colour match.


    Previously repaired, adhesive unstable and stepped.

    Treatment details

    Dismantled by applying Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) on cottonwool to the restored area, covered with tin foil and left in the fume cupboard for one hour. Cleaned the tiny fragments and the broken rim of the vase, firstly with Acetone to remove adhesive residue and then with the steam cleaner. Left to dry.

    Reconstructed using Fynebond resin and hardener (epoxy) 100 parts to 32 parts. (Fynebond resin is solid when cold, once the required amount of the resin is weighed it is gently heated in its container with warm water from beneath to liquify it and then the hardender can be added)

    Missing areas were filled using Fynebond epoxy bulked to a paste with Aerosil R5805 (fumed silica) and colour matched to the glaze withWinsor and Newton fine dry artist's pigments (comp. variable). Cut back with scalpel blade and sanded smooth with various grades of abrasive micromesh cloth.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department


  • Registration number


Porcelain vase of meiping form. Covered with thick copper-red glaze. Base, mouth-rim and inside covered with clear crackled glaze.

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