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  • Museum number


  • Description

    Porcelain globular bottle. The bottle has a white body, and dull copper-red glaze on the exterior, and plain white on the interior. There is an inscription on the base, which is glazed bluish-white.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 191 millimetres
    • Diameter: 132 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        On base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        xin chou nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Sixty years; made in the cyclical xinchou year (AD 1721).
      • Inscription Comment

        On the base inscribed Liushi written in abbreviated form (sixty years) and xinchou nianzhi (made in the cyclical xinchou [AD1721] year)
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A503

    Bottle with copper-red glaze

    The skills used to create these extraordinary red glazes were lost in China from the mid-fifteenth century until they were rediscovered in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The glaze has ‘crept’ at the rim of the dish to reveal the pure whiteness of the porcelain body. Potters have inscribed the base with five characters in underglaze blue. At the top the character for 六十 (liushi ‘sixty’) written in abbreviated form and辛丑年製 (xinchou nianzhi ‘made in the cyclical xinchou year [AD 1721]’).

    Porcelain with copper-red glaze and underglaze cobalt-blue mark
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, dated equivalent to AD 1721


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.29, no.A503 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 pp 29-30, no.A503 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc50/sh7

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Globular copper red porcelain bottle with dull red glaze outside and plain white inside. Base glazed bluish-white, with inscription.

Globular copper red porcelain bottle with dull red glaze outside and plain white inside. Base glazed bluish-white, with inscription.

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