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 B589.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 282 millimetres
- Diameter: 124 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:
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
Margaret Medley 1975, records: Elphinstone Gift. PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift. Dominic Jellinek. Bluett & Sons Archive. May 30th 1929. The Liddell Collection of Old Chinese Porcelain. No.1: £550.
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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