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  • dish

    Porcelain dish with flattened rim. The dish has a fine white body. There is a landscape scene under a gold tinted sun with two figures, one of them an archer with a bow and a quiver, painted in pale transparent enamel on the interior, and...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with flattened rim. The dish has a fine white body. There are two female figures, one a daoist fairy holding a 'ruyi' sceptre in her right hand, a heavenly deer by her, painted in pale transparent enamel on the interior,...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with flattened rim. The dish has a fine white body. There are two female figures, one a daoist fairy holding a 'ruyi' sceptre in her right hand, a heavenly deer by her, painted in pale transparent enamel on the interior,...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Porcelain cup with six deep, straight sides. There is a different form of the 'shou' character (longevity) on each of the sides, in green, yellow, purple, and black on-biscuit enamels and overglaze blue on a greenish black ground.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. The dish has a fine white body. There is a bird on a pendant fruiting bough of a peach tree in pale transparent enamel on the interior.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Porcelain cup. The cup has a fine white body. There are nine boys in a rocky landscape with pine and prunus trees and flowering shrubs in transparent enamels on the exterior.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • wine-cup

    Set of twelve porcelain wine-cups with deep sides. The wine-cups have a fine white eggshell body. There is a different seasonal tree, shrub or flower, to represent one of the twelve months, in 'famille verte' palette enamel and underglaze...

    • Object type: wine-cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Porcelain vase of baluster form, hexagonal in section, with two tubular handles. The vase has a fine white body with 'orange peel' undulating surface. There is bamboo and a poetic inscription on the exterior.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1736-1795
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • wine-cup

    Porcelain wine-cup, moulded in eight-foil oval form with two rustic bamboo handles. There are panels of flowers on a yellow ground between volute and diaper borders in 'famille verte' palette on-biscuit enamel on the exterior, and a...

    • Object type: wine-cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. The dish has a fine white body. There is a large peach shaded in iron red with a seal script character in gold, twigs and leaves on the interior, and three twigs with green peaches inscribed in gold on the...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • brush-container

    Porcelain hexagonal brush barrel, with straight sides pierced in honeycomb pattern with medallions, flanged mouth-rim and 'fitted' stand of castellated form. There are phoenixes and landscapes in black and 'famille verte' palette...

    • Object type: brush-container
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • perfume-holder

    Oval porcelain perfume casket in the form of a basket with pierced sides and lid, and bamboo handle (ti liang) with two supporting branches on either side of the handle. The casket has a white body. There are flowers between borders of...

    • Object type: perfume-holder
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Porcelain cup with broad foot ring and base. The cup has a fine, thin, white body. There is a poppy and two flowering sprays of peony in brown, iron-red and 'famille rose' palette enamel on the exterior, and fruit seeds and a melon on the...

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongzheng; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1723-1735
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • smoking-pipe

    Porcelain smoking-pipe in the form of a lotus pod with stem and branches, the pod forming the body of the pipe, while the bowl, in the form of a small lotus flower has attached to it two small pods, one open, the other closed. The pipe has...

    • Object type: smoking-pipe
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • wine-pot

    Porcelain wine pot in the form of a peach with handle and spout imitating branches of its tree. There are boughs of blossom in late 'famille verte' palette enamel on the exterior, wood-effect in pale aubergine and black on-biscuit enamel on...

    • Object type: wine-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Pair of porcelain cups. The cups have a fine white body. There is a landscape scene in which are depicted a pair of quails '(shuang an)' and flowers on the exterior.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1900-1949
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain miniature dish. The dish has a fine white eggshell body. There is an immortal, with various Daoist attributes, riding on a leaf among waves, in opaque 'famille rose' palette enamel in the centre of the interior.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongzheng; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1723-1735
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain miniature dish. The dish has a fine white eggshell body. There is an immortal, standing on waves and bearing a wand with Daoist attributes, accompanied by a deer, in opaque 'famille rose' palette enamel in the centre of the...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongzheng; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1723-1735
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish moulded and incised in the form of a six petalled mallow flower. The saucer has a fine white eggshell body. There are two seated male figures, one of them holding a fan with his right hand and a small gilt cup in his left,...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Porcelain cup with deep rounded sides, straight mouth no foot-rim and slightly recessed base. The cup has a fine white body. There are flowering peonies in opaque pink, blue, green and browish yellow enamel, on a ground of mottled yellow...

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1900-1949
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Porcelain cup of 'gang' form, with deep rounded sides, straight mouth and slightly recessed base. The cup has a fine white body. There are lotus scrolls in opaque orange, blue, green, and yellow "foreign" enamels, on a ground of deep rose...

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongzheng; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1723-1735
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • box

    Porcelain covered box of circular flattened form. There is a 'mille fleurs' design in 'famille rose' palette enamel on the exterior of both the lid and the base, a five-clawed dragon on the interior of the lid, and floral sprays on the...

    • Object type: box
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic
    • Production date: 20thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Porcelain cup with deep sides. The cup has a white semi-egg shell pegmatite body. There are two quails by a rock with flowering peonies and a butterfly in 'famille rose' palette enamel on the exterior.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a fine white body and celadon glaze. There are separated blossoming and fruiting branches in transparent 'famille verte' palette enamels and gold on the exterior.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • perfume-holder

    Pot-pourri container of globular form with elaborately pierced walls. The container has a white body. There are four circular medallions of the flowers of the four seasons, within borders of scattered blossoms in 'famille rose' on-biscuit...

    • Object type: perfume-holder
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. The dish has a fine white body. There is a river scene containing a boat and two figures in the foreground, a pagoda in the middle distance in pale ink-like enamel, and the sun and slight details in red...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. The dish has a fine white body. There is a river scene containing a boat and two figures in the foreground, a pagoda in the middle distance in pale ink-like enamel, and the sun and slight details in red...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Porcelain vase of baluster form with slender neck, wide spreading mouth and narrowing base which spreads to a wide slightly thickened foot-ring. The vase has a fine white body. There is a horseman in transparent 'famille verte' palette...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish with rounded sides and flat base. The dish has a fine white eggshell body. There is a landscape design of rocks, shrubs, flowering peony, dianthus pinks, and a pair of cockerels in dark brown, blue, and...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC(early)
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bottle

    Porcelain bottle with depressed pear-shaped body and tall, slightly tapering, slender neck. The bottle has a fine, white, glassy body. There is a rock, roses, yellow orchids and grasses in 'Gu Yue' style 'famille rose' palette enamel on...

    • Object type: bottle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic
    • Production date: 1930s
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Glass bottle-shaped vase with ovoid body and tapering neck. The vase is thick semi-opaque glass. There is a rockery and flowering peonies in mixed enamels and a poetical inscription with three seals in red on the exterior.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1800-1900
    • Production place: Beijing
  • water-pot

    Glass water-pot of ovoid shape with flat base and narrow neck. The water-pot is milk white opaque glass. There is a twisted pine tree, a deer, a crane standing on a rock, peonies and the 'lingzhi' plant in mixed enamels on the exterior.

    • Object type: water-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1900-1930
    • Production place: Beijing
  • brush-pot

    Glass brush-pot of tall cylindrical form with flat base. The brush pot is thick milky-white opaque glass. There is a group of the seven sages and two servants, where four of the sages are seated with one servant looking on holding 'lingzhi'...

    • Object type: brush-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1736-1795
    • Production place: Beijing
  • vase

    Porcelain bottle-shaped vase with globular body and tapering cylindrical neck. The vase has a fine white eggshell body with "chicken skin" markings in the surface of the glaze. There is a rock, peony, magnolia, prunus, and other plants in...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1770-1800
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a fine white body. There is a peach branch with leaves and a large fruit in iron red and transparent 'famille verte' palette enamels, and the character 'shou' (longevity) in seal script in gold on the...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish with rounded sides and flat base. The dish has a fine white eggshell body. There is a landscape scene of rocks, blossoming tree-peony and asters, and three quails on grass in iron-red, brown and 'famille rose'...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1720-1740
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish with rounded sides and flat base. The dish has a fine white eggshell body. There is a lady sitting on a rectangular lacquered stool, holding a peony in her left hand in 'famille rose' palette enamel on the...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1720-1740
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. There is a scene representing part of the West Lake at Hangzhou within a six-petalled central panel in 'famille rose' palette enamel on the interior.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1720-1740
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a fine white body. There is a peach branch with leaves and a large fruit in transparent 'famille verte' palette enamels, and the character 'shou' (longevity) in seal script in gold on the interior.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1700-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Qingbai porcelain dish with petal lobed rim. There are bouquets of lotuses incised on the exterior.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Song dynasty
    • Production date: 12thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • sample

    Four Ru-type stoneware rectangular test piece samples. The pieces have a buff body, and each piece has slightly different glaze with varying levels of crackle. Glaze applied to one side of pieces, which have been pierced to aid removal...

    • Object type: sample
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 12thC(early)
    • Production place: Henan (province)
  • dish

    Longquan porcelain dish with flattened mouth rim, and thick inclined foot rim. The dish has a grey-green glaze. There is a lotus spray in the centre surrounded by a scroll, and four unglazed fish around the interior.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1435
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • vase

    Porcelain vase of pear shape. The vase has cream crackled glaze. There is an incised dragon and phoenix on the body, with a band of scrolls around the foot.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
  • dish

    Ding porcelain dish, with eight lobes and copper-bound mouth rim. White. There are two moulded peacocks, an ornamental rock and peonies in the centre, with flower scrolls on each interior panel and a band of key-fret on the rim.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty; Jin dynasty
    • Production date: 960-1234
    • Production place: Quyang (county)
  • incense-burner

    Longquan stoneware incense burner of an archaic bronze li form tripod with a wide cylindrical neck with flattened rim, standing on three tapered legs. The incense burner has pale blue-green glaze. There are three vents on the interior where...

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 1280-1320
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • bottle

    Porcelain bottle with pear-shaped body and two dragon handles. Fine white glassy porcelain delicately painted in mixed enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with rock, roses and other flowers. Inscription on neck. Pair with PDFA816.

    • Object type: bottle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1736-1795
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. There is 'anhua' slip decoration of Buddhist symbols.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Ding porcelain dish, with fluted, copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. There is a willow tree with two phoenixes, lotus and a duck on the interior. There is an inscription in centre of the interior and on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty; Jin dynasty
    • Production date: 13thC
    • Production place: Quyang (county)
  • jar

    Porcelain ovoid jar with short neck and rolled rim. The jar has yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. There are incised phoenixes among clouds with flower spray above and petal decoration below. There is an incised mark on the base.

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Jiajing
    • Production date: 1522-1566
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bottle

    Porcelain globular bottle with narrow neck swelling to form a bulb below the mouth rim. The bottle has yellow glaze. There is a horizontal rib in relief halfway up the neck. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

    • Object type: bottle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl, with silver-bound mouth rim. The bowl has crackled yellowish glaze. There are floral motifs on the interior.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1600-1644
    • Production place: China
  • meiping

    Porcelain meiping vase. There is a four-clawed dragon carrying a 'lingzhi' fungus in its mouth, with streamers attached to its legs and a bifocated tail in underglaze cobalt blue on the body, and bands of complex lotus panels at the top...

    • Object type: meiping
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Wanli; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1573-1620
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Three porcelain cups with curving sides, slightly flared rim, and two shallow loop handles. The cups have pale yellow enamel on the exterior, plain white glaze on the interior. There is a narrow band of incised dragons on the exterior....

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Covered in green enamel over plain high-fired glaze. Decorated in gold (kinrande) with floral scroll with formal panels below. Plain white inside. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Covered in green enamel on the exterior, with gilt (kinrande) lotus scrolls. Underglaze blue inside, with flower spray in the centre and diaper band at the rim. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup-stand

    Porcelain cup-stand with flattened rim, shallow well and small central recess. Covered inside and outside with green enamel over pale celadon type glaze. Decorated in gold (kinrande) with flower and fruit sprays on the front and two...

    • Object type: cup-stand
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Covered outside with red enamel with remnants of gilt (kinrande) phoenixes among floral scrolls. Plain white inside and on base, with inscription.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Jiajing
    • Production date: 1522-1566
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • water-dropper

    Porcelain model of globular multi-lobed gourd. Covered in iron-red glazel except for calyx which is green. Stump of the short stalk is gold lacquered.

    • Object type: water-dropper
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1800-1911
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Globular porcelain vase, with rim mounted with enamelled silver. Covered in green enamel over crackled glaze. Foot ring stained brown and base covered in crackle Guan type glaze.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Globular porcelain vase. Covered outside with slightly mottled iron red enamel. Transparent glaze inside, base unglazed and foot ring stained brown.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1700-1800
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Covered in yellow enamel over high-fired glaze. Transparent glaze on base, with inscription.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Hongzhi
    • Production date: 1488-1505
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bottle

    Globular porcelain bottle. Painted with dark blue dragons, cloud scrolls and waves under a paler blue glaze. Base covered with plain bluish-white glaze.

    • Object type: bottle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • ewer

    Pear-shaped porcelain ewer with long spout, strap handle and small lid with a knob at the center. Covered in dark blue glaze. Flattened heart-shaped panel on each side, with gilt mythical beast. Gilt cloud-scroll on neck. Plain white glaze...

    • Object type: ewer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Wanli; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1573-1620
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • jue

    Porcelain libation vessel of ancient bronze jue form with three legs, a loop handle and two short columns rising from the rim. Covered in dark blue glaze, with two five-clawed dragons, a flaming pearl and cloud reserved in white. Traces of...

    • Object type: jue
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Jiajing
    • Production date: 1522-1566
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Porcelain gourd vase constructed of four sections. Covered with two yellow glazes on the biscuit. Incised with lotus scroll, band of florets and fungus scroll. Base covered in porcelain glaze, with inscription.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Jiajing
    • Production date: 1522-1566
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • wall vase

    Flat-backed porcelain wall vase with high foot in form of inverted lotus leaf and two wing-like projections on either side of neck. Covered in turquoise glaze front and back, and plain white high-fired glaze inside and on base. On shoulder...

    • Object type: wall vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze yellow, red, green, and black enamels. Golden carp design on inside centre, with aquatic plants of various colours. Outside painted with four fish in water weeds...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Jiajing
    • Production date: 1522-1566
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • wine-vessel

    Porcelain wine vessel in form of a pair of mandarin ducks, with female's head lying flat behind that of the drake. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze green, red and yellow enamels. Water weeds and lotus leaves below...

    • Object type: wine-vessel
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC-17thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Green glazed porcelain vase in the form of a double gourd.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Coral-red glazed porcelain double-gourd shaped vase.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1800-1900
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Porcelain flask of baoyue form with round flattened body. Two strap handles at the sides. Underglaze blue with large scale scrolling flowers and narrow band of classic scrolls around the edge.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongle; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1424
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • incense-burner

    Porcelain incense burner of cylindrical form with three low feet. Dated

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1655
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Pair of saucer-shaped porcelain dishes with rounded sides and deep foot. The dishes have a fine white body. There is a scholar, possibly one of the 'Zhu lin qi xian' (The Seven Worthies of the Bamboo Grove), gazing at a small clump of...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1700-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with flattened rim. The dish has a fine white body. There is a landscape scene with rocks, bamboo and pine trees, below which appear three ladies, painted in pale transparent enamel on the interior, and leaves,...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • ladle

    Porcelain ladle with curved handle. The ladle has cream crackled glaze. There is a leaf and five small protruberances moulded near the end of the handle. A pair with PDF.165.

    • Object type: ladle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1700-1911
  • bottle

    Porcelain bottle with pear-shaped body and slender neck swelling into six-lobed bulb below the mouth-rim. The bottle has a fine, white, glassy body. There is a rock, flowering begonia and iris, and a butterfly in 'Gu Yue' style mixed...

    • Object type: bottle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1736-1795
  • bottle

    Porcelain bottle with a pear-shaped body and slender neck swelling into a six lobed bulb below the lip. The bottle has a fine white body. There are rocks, rose peonies, birds and bamboo in 'Gu Yue' style mixed enamel on the body, and a...

    • Object type: bottle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1736-1795
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Porcelain gourd vase with rectangular lower bulb, and rounded upper bulb with tapering neck. The vase has green enamel over a white felspathic glaze, white glazed base. There are traces of gilt peony scrolls on the upper and lower...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Saucer-shaped dish. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels with blossoming sprays of poppy and crowfoot. The back is covered with ruby-pink enamel.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1721
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Longquan stoneware vase with tubular neck, flared mouth and inverted rim. The vase has blue-grey glaze with fine brown-stained crackle. There are three horizontal ribs on the shoulder.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty; Southern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 13thC
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Outlined with dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds in overglaze yellow enamel. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Jiajing
    • Production date: 1522-1566
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish with rounded sides and flat base. The dish has a fine white eggshell body. There is a landscape design of rocks, shrubs, flowering peony, dianthus pinks, and a pair of cockerels in dark brown, blue, and...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1720-1740
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Longquan stoneware bowl. The bowl has a fine, pale grey body and closely crackled greyish-green glaze. There are overlapping lotus petals carved on the exterior. Where exposed, the body is reddish. The foot rim is unglazed.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 13thC-14thC
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • incense-burner

    Longquan stoneware incense burner of archaic bronze lian form, with straight sides, three cloud-shaped feet and a circular foot ring. The incense burner has pale greyish green glaze. There are three bands of triple lines in low relief...

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Southern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 12thC
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • figure

    Yixing stoneware figure of a duck in seated position, modelled in two sections joined horizontally. The figure has a pale buff body and thick duck egg blue glaze with close crackle. The bill and feet are covered in reddish-brown slip and...

    • Object type: figure
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic
    • Production date: 1912-1949
    • Production place: China
  • dish

    Guan stoneware dish with shallow, sloping sides and an everted, six-lobed rim. The dish has thick, opaque, yellowish-grey glaze with two layers of crackle, wider stained grey and narrower light brown. There are six round spur marks on the...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 1279-1368
    • Production place: Hangzhou
  • box

    Circular porcelain box with low domed cover. Decorated top and bottom with floral scroll patterns and butterflies reserved in white against an overglaze iron-red ground.

    • Object type: box
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongzheng; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1723-1735
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Ru stoneware bowl with rounded sides, everted rim and splayed foot. The bowl has a copper-bound mouthrim, thick, opaque lavender-blue celadon glaze with fine crackle, and five spur marks on the base. There is an inscription in the centre...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 1086-1125
    • Production place: Qingliangsi
  • beaker

    Porcelain beaker of ancient bronze ku form. Moulded relief decoration imitating that of an ancient bronze vessel, with confronted dragons round central bulb and leaves above and below. Covered with opaque green enamel, except for foot ring....

    • Object type: beaker
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1736-1795
  • beaker

    Porcelain beaker of ancient bronze ku form. Moulded relief decoration imitating that of an ancient bronze vessel, with confronted dragons round central bulb and leaves above and below. Covered with opaque green enamel, except for foot ring....

    • Object type: beaker
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1736-1795
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. There are two phoenixes among flower scrolls in underglaze blue on the exterior, and a roundel with a single flower within a double circle in underglaze blue on the interior. One...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Jiajing
    • Production date: 1522-1566
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. There are two phoenixes among flower scrolls in underglaze blue on the exterior, and a roundel with a single flower within a double circle in underglaze blue on the interior. One...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Jiajing
    • Production date: 1522-1566
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two horizontal five-clawed dragons amid scrolling lotus flowers and leaves. Band of classic scrolls around foot. Two similar dragons amid scrolling lotus around inside cavetto and a further...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • meiping

    Porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze red and blue with two vertical five-clawed dragons painted red with dark blue eyes and tail details. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: meiping
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • brush-rest

    Porcelain openwork brush-rest in the form of three dragons on top of a narrow rectangular plinth, with open base and hollow undersection. There is a full-faced dragon in Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze yellow, red and green...

    • Object type: brush-rest
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Wanli; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1573-1620
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Large porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with scrolling flower heads inside and outside. Unglazed base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongle; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1424
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • water-pot

    Beehive-shaped porcelain water-pot with wide mouth. The water-pot has pale grey-green glaze. There are carved and incised cloud motifs on the exterior. There is a mark in blue on the base, which has a white glaze.

    • Object type: water-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Longquan stoneware vase with long neck and flared mouth. The vase has grey-green glaze. There are carved petals around lower part of the exterior, concentric rings around the neck, and pomegranate scrolls around the body. There is an...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 1327
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • jar

    Rectangular porcelain jar. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels in green, yellow, aubergine and red. Design of hanging fruit sprays on each façade, including peach, grape, crab-apple and...

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
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    Dehua porcelain modelled figure of He-He Erxian (the twin spirits of harmony and happiness), both seated, both with elongated ear lobes and an ushnisha, and one holding a round woven basket from which a turtle is escaping. The figure has a...

    • Object type: figure
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC-19thC
    • Production place: Dehua