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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.589

  • Description

    Porcelain vase of archaic bronze ku form with wide trumpet mouth. Covered with crazed turquoise glaze. Entire outside surface covered with moulded design of leaf-like forms, derived from archaic bronze. Base unglazed. Pair with B588.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 277 millimetres
    • Diameter: 152 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:

    PDF B589

    Gu-shaped vase with leaf-like designs


    Both the shape and glaze of this vase reflect the Kangxi emperor’s antiquarian taste. Potters modelled the form of the vase on an ancient bronze drinking vessel called a gu. Wealthy aristocrats and generals of the Shang and Zhou dynasties, (about 1600–256 BC), buried bronze vessels as part of ritual eating and drinking equipment for tombs. The shape was transformed into a vase in the Song dynasty (AD 960–1279) as catalogues of collections of antiques were published with woodblock-printed illustrations. The vase is moulded and covered with a turquoise glaze.


    Porcelain with moulded decoration and crazed turquoise glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 287 (pair with B588) bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.100, no.87 (pair with B588) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.57, no.B589 (right) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.58, no.B589 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.97, no.98 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case38/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift Dominic Jellinek. Bluett & Sons Archive. May 30th 1929. The Liddell Collection of Old Chinese Porcelain. No.1: £550.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.589

Porcelain vase of archaic bronze ku form with wide trumpet mouth. Covered with crazed turquoise glaze. Entire outside surface covered with moulded design of leaf-like forms, derived from archaic bronze. Base unglazed. Pair with B588.

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