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water-pot

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.545

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1860-1949
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 62 millimetres
    • Diameter: 93 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清康熙年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Kangxi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Kangxi mark
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A545

    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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  • Bibliography

    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.133, no.229 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.35, no.A545 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.35, no.A545 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case50/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.545

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.

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