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    Flat-backed porcelain wall vase with high foot in form of inverted lotus leaf and two wing-like projections on either side of neck. Covered in turquoise glaze front and back, and plain white high-fired glaze inside and on base. On shoulder and rim are incised bands of key fret, and incised design of sage in a landscape on neck. Inscription below mouth rim and slot for suspension on flat back.


  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
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  • Dimensions

    • Height: 283 millimetres
    • Width: 130 millimetres
    • Depth: 83 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

        Dr Bushell's Coll. Pekin
      • Inscription Comment

        This refers to Stephen Wootton Bushell. He was a medical doctor at the British Legation, Beijing, China. Council Member of the Royal Numismatic Society (q.v.), 1902-04. Identified the coins found by Sir Aurel Stein (q.v.) on his third expedition to Chinese Central Asia (published in Innermost Asia, 1928). The British Museum purchased his collection of books, ceramics and coins from his widow, Florence Bushell, in 1909. The only known portrait of Bushell (a photograph originally owned by Prof Walter Percival Yetts, 1878-1957) is in 'Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society' 29 (1954-55). His publications include: 'Oriental Ceramic Art, illustrated by examples from the collection of W T Walters', 10 vols, New York, 1896 [reprint, London 1981]; 'Chinese art', London, 1904-6; a translation of Hsiang Yuan-pien's 'Chinese porcelain', Oxford, 1908; and articles on Chinese coins in The China Review, and Journal of the Royal Asiatic Society.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:

    PDF A564

    Wall vase with turquoise glaze

    This flat-backed porcelain wall vase has a high foot and two wing-like projections on either side of the neck. It is covered in a turquoise glaze front and back, and clear glaze inside and on the base. There is an incised design of an immortal in a landscape on the neck and a slot for suspension on the back.

    Porcelain with turquoise glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.38, no.A564 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.39, no.A564 bibliographic details
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  • Acquisition notes

    Medley 1973 records: From the Stephen W. Bushell and S. W. Winkworth Collections. (Note: S. D. Winkworth. JM.) PDF card: Sotheby, lot 302, April 1933 £28 via Bluett. Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 27 th April 1933. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 14, p.206, Lot 302. £28. Purchased by Bluett's at Sotheby's, 25th-26th April 1933, Stephen D. Winkworth Collection Sale. Formerly in the Collection of Dr Stephen Bushell.

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