Circular porcelain brush-washer. Covered with warm copper-red glaze with slight green shading on one side. White inside, with clear pitted glaze on base and inscription.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 37 millimetres
- Diameter: 121 millimetres
Inscription CommentKangxi mark and period
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
Brush washer with ‘peach-bloom’ glaze
This innovative glaze was technically challenging. Potters covered the vase with a layer of clear glaze, followed by a layer of copper-rich pigment, possibly blown on, and added further layers of clear glaze on top. When fired in a reducing atmosphere, this sandwiched colour developed into soft mottled red and pink with flecks of moss-green. Western writers describe this glaze as ‘peach bloom’, likening its soft dappled tones to the greenish-yellow, pink and red skin of a peach, but Chinese connoisseurs call it 豇豆红 (jiangdou hong ‘ cowpea-red‘). It was applied to a limited number of forms, mostly small vases and writing utensils and was only used for a short period in the Kangxi reign. On the base it carries an underglaze blue Kangxi mark.
Porcelain with copper-red glaze and underglaze cobalt-blue mark
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1722
PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift
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Object reference number: RRC39853
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