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    Globular porcelain vase, with rim mounted with enamelled silver. Covered in green enamel over crackled glaze. Foot ring stained brown and base covered in crackle Guan type glaze.

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    • 19thC
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    • Height: 200 millimetres
    • Diameter: 112 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A556

    Vase with champlevé mount

    Green derived from copper was used as a single colour glaze from the Xuande period (AD 1425–35), applied over a transparent high-fired glaze. This vase has an unusual champlevé enamelled silver rim mount.

    Porcelain with green glaze and silver and enamel rim
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about 1700–1900


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 232 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.37, no.A556 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.37, no.A556 bibliographic details
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    Purchased by Sir Percival David from Bluett & Sons on 21st May 1946. Listed in Bluett & Sons Sales Day Book (SDB) vol. 19, p.101, Lot 139. £62. Purchased by Bluett's at Sotheby's, Collection of Marcus D. Ezekiel.

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