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snuff-saucer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.61

  • Description

    Jun-type snuff saucer. The saucer has transparent greenish-blue glaze with close crackle. Where exposed, the body is reddish. The foot is unglazed.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 7 millimetres
    • Diameter: 41 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A61

    Snuff saucer with jun-type glaze


    Jesuit missionaries residing within the Forbidden City brought with them Western technologies such as enamelling glass and introduced Western habits such as sniffing snuff (powdered tobacco flavoured with aromatic substances). By the reign of the emperor Kangxi (AD 1662–1722), taking snuff had become an imperial habit. This small snuff saucer is covered with a jun-style glaze.


    Stoneware with jun-style glaze
    Probably Shiwan (pronounced Shekwan in Cantonese) ware石灣窯
    Probably Foshan, Nanhai county, Guangdong province, 廣東省, 南海縣, 佛山
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.38, no.A61 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.68, no.A61 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.61

Ru-type snuff saucer. Buff stoneware body covered in transparent greenish-blue glaze with close crackle. Foot unglazed and body reddish where exposed.

Ru-type snuff saucer. Buff stoneware body covered in transparent greenish-blue glaze with close crackle. Foot unglazed and body reddish where exposed.

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