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Large porcelain jar of guan form. Underglaze blue and red with applied openwork. Four large ogival panels around the middle with dense applied red and blue flowers and leaves. Descending cloud collars at the shoulder. Base unglazed.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 330 millimetres
- Diameter: 295 millimetres
Published PDF date : Yuan early 14th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Wine jar with applied floral panels
This wine jar combines three classic Yuan dynasty styles of decoration - underglaze cobalt-blue, underglaze copper-red and applied decoration. Originally it may have had a cover. Archaeologists excavated similar jars with covers in a Yuan hoard at Yonghua South Road, Baoding, Hebei province.
Porcelain with applied, carved, incised, underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Yuan dynasty, about AD 1320–1350
- Medley 1975 Colour pl. 37 and p. 310
- Hobson 1934 p. 111, pl. CX
- Pierson 2002 p.59, no.40
- Medley 1976 p.65, no.B661, pl.XIII
- Scott 1989B p.70, no.58
- Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.99, no.134
- Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 50-51, no.23
- Scott 1989A pp 56-57, no.28
- Pierson 2004 pp 90-91, no.B661 (colour p.33)
9 April 2009
Reason for treatment
Tidy up old repairs - remove overpaint refill over metral supports
The object is stable, however, an old repair possibly relating to a firing fault has been discovered on the base of the jar. The repair consists of a relatively large wooden fill which has been fitted into a void on the base of the jar, the fill has been sealed with a plaster like substance. A large running crack circles the whole of the base, it is possible this may have been caused by the wood from the fill expanding due to moisture absorption. On the inside of the jar there are further fills visible although these have been painted over. It is not clear the extent of damage beneath the fills and further investigation involving X ray may be neccessary to determine the true condition and future treatment neccessary.The rest of the jar is in good condition with minor losses to some of the foliate decoration within the panels. The losses have been repaired in the past, however the repairs are beginning to degrade and the small iron armetures have rusted. The surface has a heavy layer of superficial dirt.
The Jar was swab cleaned using Synperonic N (non ionic detergent,nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate) - a couple of drops added to deionised water. Care was taken not to introduce any moisture to the running crack or wooden fill. Once clean all of the old overpaint and repairs to the decorated panels were removed mechanically. The decoration was rebuilt back up using Fynebond epoxy adhesive, bulked with fumed silica and coloured with artists dry ground pigments. When the fills had cured they were cut back and shaped using a sharp scalpel and a final layer of epoxy coloured to match the original underglaze decoration was applied ad left to cure.
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Winkworth Collection. Illustrated in "The Wares of the Ming Dynasty", Pl. 21. PDF card: S. D. Winkworth Collection Margaret Medley, 1975 records: From the S. D. Winkworth Collection.
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Object reference number: RRC39926
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