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  • Description

    Porcelain incense burner of metal tripod form. Covered outside with copper-red glaze fading to white on feet and clear plain glaze inside.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 64 millimetres
    • Diameter: 103 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF C515

    Incense burner 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 1800–1900


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.62, no.C515 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 pp 62-63, no.C515 bibliographic details
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  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    28 January 2009

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Try to clean the cracks.


    Long dirty crack running over the rim of the burner.

    Treatment details

    Poulticed using a solution of Ariel in distilled water, using cotton wool and clingfilm. After cleaning the surface is rinsed with distilled water applied on cotton wool swabs or Kleenex tissue. This is then steam cleaned. Surface wiped wth a dry tissue to remove any remaining distilled water.

    Poulticed with *LAPRD* mixed with distilled water and *IMS* covered with cling film to slow down evaporation.

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  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

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Porcelain incense burner of metal tripod form. Covered outside with copper-red glaze fading to white on feet and clear plain glaze inside.

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