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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.548

  • Description

    Porcelain vase of ovoid form. Covered in finely crazed yellow enamel over thin high-fired glaze. Plain white glaze inside and on base, with inscription.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1860-1911
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 268 millimetres
    • Diameter: 117 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty Kangxi reign
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF A548

    Vase with yellow glaze


    This vase is marked with a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Kangxi period on the base. It was however made in the late Qing dynasty, probably for collectors of antique Chinese porcelain. Many upright shapes were made, copying earlier wares, for display in a range of bright colours. The underglaze blue apocryphal Kangxi reign mark on the base is a mark of quality.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1860–1911

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.35, no.A548 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.36, no.A548 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case42/sh9

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    3 March 2010

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Improve existing chip on rim

    Condition

    Vase has old repair on rim that is stable but has discoloured. Vase also has surface dirt.

    Treatment details

    Softened old fill with acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) applied with small brush and scraped away using a scalpel. Washed break edges with Ariel automatic (anionic and non ionic synthetic surfactants, sodium tripolyphosphate) dissolved in warm tap water and rinsed with warm tap water. After dry, degreased break area with acetone.

    Filled chip with Fynebond epoxy resin bulked with Cab-o-sil (fumed silica) and coloured with powdered pigments. Allowed to set. Sanded fill using Micromesh abrasive cloths. To correct a light-coloured area at the edge of the fill, applied Golden brand porcelain restoration glaze (water-based) tinted with powdered pigments. Sanded fill again using Micromesh abrasive cloths to achieve a shiny finish.

    Washed exterior of vase using Synperonic N (non ionic detergent, nonylphenol ethylene oxide condensate) diluted with tap water to the recommended strength and applied on a cotton wool pad. Rinsed with warm tap water applied on a cotton wool pad. Patted dry using lint-free tissue.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.548

Porcelain vase of ovoid form. Covered in finely crazed yellow enamel over thin high-fired glaze. Plain white glaze inside and on base, with inscription.

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