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Globular porcelain water-pot. Covered in copper glaze of peach bloom type, mottled green all over except for narrow band of soft pink around base. Plain white glaze inside and on base, with inscription.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 62 millimetres
- Diameter: 93 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Kangxi nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
Inscription CommentKangxi mark
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
Water pot 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. It was later imitated. The base carries an apocryphal underglaze blue Kangxi reign mark and may have been made for the American market in the early 20th century.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and copper-red glaze,
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Late Qing dynasty or Republican period, about AD 1800–1949
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Object reference number: RRC39446
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