Porcelain vessel of ancient bronze jue form, with three thin legs, long spout, and two short columns rise from the rim in line with a simple loop handle surmounted by an animal head. The vessel has pale yellow enamel glaze. There is a taotie mask design incised on the exterior.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 138 millimetres
- Width: 143 millimetres
- Depth: 60 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Jue with yellow glaze
This cup is modelled in the form of an ancient bronze ritual vessel made for heating wine called a jue. It demonstrates an attractive use of a monochrome yellow glaze at Jingdezhen. This colour glaze was used to decorate court porcelain for some five hundred years of the imperial era in China from AD 1403 to AD 1911. Potters fired the jue twice, first at a porcelain temperature of around 1280 to 1320 °C and then in a second, lower-temperature firing to vitrify the lead-fluxed, iron-pigmented glaze.
Porcelain incised and with applied details and with transparent and yellow glazes
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, AD 1800–1900
6 April 2009
Reason for treatment
Dismantle know, restick. Make up bit of 2 legs.
Old restorations to both phinials and two legs. Light surface dirt. Old adhesive has yellowed. Overpaint on legs has yellowed. Tips of two legs are missing, one leg has an old break.
Surface cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on cotton wool swabs and dried with a paper towel. Removed all overpaint with Acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone) on cotton wool swabs. Overpaint was covering lots of the original surface. Dismantled with Nitromors water soluble (methylene chloride,sodium hydroxide,cellulose) applied with a paint brush along joins and covered with aluminium foil to decrease evaporation. Rinsed off the Nitromors with water and dried with paper towels. Mechanically removed softened epoxy resin mechanically with a scalpel. Steam cleaned all break edges with de-ionised water to remove ingrained dirt, dried with paper towels. Reconstructed dry, securing with masking tape. Fynebond epoxy resin applied to joins, drawn in by cappillary action. Excess removed with acetone on a cotton wool swab on a satay stick and a scalpel blade. Phinials were re-adhered using Fynebond epoxy resin which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica. Missing areas on the legs were also filled with bulked Fynebond. After curing the resin was cut back with a scalpel and polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 1500, 1800, 2400, 3200, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. The fills were retouched using Golden acrylic paints and Golden Porcelain Restoration Glaze. Object was further cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel.
Porcelain vessel of ancient bronze jue form, with three thin legs and long spout. Two short columns rise from the rim in line with a simple loop handle surmounted by an animal head. Body incised with taotie mask design and covered with pale yellow enamel glaze.
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Object reference number: RRC39436