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  • incense-burner

    Porcelain tripod of archaic bronze ding form with rounded body and relief-moulded dragons and lingzhi fungus scrolls. The dragons and scrolls are picked out in wucai-style underglaze blue and red and green overglaze enamel on the exterior....

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

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides, everted rim and tapering foot. There are flower and fruit sprays in underglaze blue in reserve against a yellow enamel ground on the interior and the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Zhengde; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1506-1521
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • incense-burner

    Porcelain cylindrical incense burner on three small feet and a recess on the base. There are three medallions with psuedo-Arabic inscriptions alternating with lotus scrolls in Wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green and...

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1644-1700
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and straight rim. There is a medallion enclosing an image of Liu Hai with three-legged toad in a landscape in gilt in the centre of the interior, gilt floral scrolls around the interior and exterior walls,...

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

    Porcelain wine-cup with steep sides, flared rim and low, tapering footrim. There are two dragons among clouds in yellow, red and black enamel on the exterior, and double lines in underglaze blue at the rim and the foot. There is a mark in...

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

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and straight rim, on a slightly tapering footrim. There are four medallions with beaded jewel strings, tassels and flower heads between in overglaze red, green and yellow enamel and gilding on the exterior....

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

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly flared rim. There are two dragons chasing a flaming pearl among waves incised and decorated in yellow and green on-biscuit enamel on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Guangxu
    • Production date: 1875-1908
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • pen-tray

    Rectangular porcelain pen tray with round sides and everted rim. There are dragons in wucai-style underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow and green overglaze enamel on the long sides, ruyi clouds on the short sides, and a band of key...

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

    Porcelain cup with curved sides and slightly everted rim. There are dragons chasing pearls among waves and clouds in green on-biscuit enamel against yellow on-biscuit enamel ground. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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

    Porcelain brush-washer of T-shape. There are two dragons chasing a flaming pearl in red and green enamel on the interior, and fungus scroll on interior and exterior walls. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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

    Porcelain bowl with curving sides and everted rim, on a straight footring. There is a flower spray in Sancai-style yellow, green and pale aubergine on-biscuit enamels in the centre of the interior, and sprays of chrysanthemum, camellia,...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Shunzhi; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1644-1661
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • ink-stone

    Longquan stoneware octagonal inkstone with eight feet. The inkstone has translucent grey-green glaze. There is one of the Eight Trigrams in relief on each of the eight sides, and an unglazed circular panel on the top surrounded by a glazed...

    • Object type: ink-stone
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Hongwu
    • Production date: 1372
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • dish

    Longquan stoneware dish with short rounded sides. The dish has translucent grey-green glaze. There is a dragon among clouds carved in the centre, with a floral scroll around the walls.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongle; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1424
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • bowl

    Longquan stoneware bowl with a horizontal groove around the body and a flared rim. The bowl has thick green glaze with an irregular brown crackle.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Southern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 12thC-13thC
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • basin

    Yue stoneware basin with rounded sides and wide, flattened rim. The basin has olive green glaze. There are two fish joined by a wavy line incised on the interior, and a diaper band and four applied animal masks on the exterior. There are...

    • Object type: basin
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Western Jin dynasty
    • Production date: 3rdC-4thC
    • Production place: Shaoxing
  • bowl

    Yaozhou stoneware bowl with everted rim. The bowl has light olive green glaze. There are bunches of lotus and water plants tied with a ribbon impressed on the interior, with inscriptions.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty; Jin dynasty
    • Production date: 12thC
    • Production place: Huangpu
  • vase

    Porcelain vase of triple-lobed gourd form with three spouts. Covered with pale grey-blue celadon type glaze. Where exposed at foot, body stained dark brown.

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

    Porcelain jar with wide shoulder and straight-sided lid with central knob. Covered inside and outside and on base with pale grey-blue celadon type glaze. Moulded chrysanthemum scroll around body and leaf design around lid. There is an...

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

    Porcelain ovoid vase with long tubular neck. Covered with pale greyish-green celadon-type glaze, fading to white at the edge. Carved design of sinuous dragon and fungus scroll round body and lower neck. White glaze on base.

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

    Porcelain bowl with incised peony scroll design and a pale greenish-grey celadon glaze.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chenghua
    • Production date: 1465-1487
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • brush-washer

    Circular porcelain Brush-washer. Covered with pale cobalt-blue glaze inside and outside. There is an inscription on the base.

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

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Covered inside and outside with pale cobalt-blue glaze, fading to white at mouth rim. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with B558.

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

    Square porcelain vase with straight neck. Three-clawed dragon in high relief around two sides. Covered with tea-dust glaze.

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

    Pear-shaped porcelain vase. Covered with dense brown-black glaze, white at rim and on base, unglazed inside neck.

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

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. Covered with bright yellow glaze. White glaze on base with inscription. Pair with B544.

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

    Porcelain dish with flaring sides. Covered with bright yellow opaque glaze. Plain white base with inscription. Pair with B542.

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

    Porcelain cup with rounded sides. Covered in bright yellow opaque glaze, gilt at the rim and plain white inside. White glaze on base, with inscription. Pair with B540.

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

    Elongated ovoid porcelain vase with trumpet mouth. Covered all over with opaque rose-pink enamel glaze. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 20thC
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. Covered outside with matt rose enamel over thin high-fired glaze, showing white inside and on base. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with B533.

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

    Hemispherical porcelain bowl. Covered outside in opaque lime-green enamel over plain high-fired glaze, showing white inside. Plain glaze on base, with inscription. Pair with B524.

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

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. Covered in smooth iron-red enamel over plain high-fired glaze, showing white at rim. White glaze on base with square cartouche within double ring in underglaze blue. Pair with B522.

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

    Hemispherical porcelain bowl. Covered outside with iron-red enamel over plain white high-fired glaze, which shows inside and on base. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with B519.

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

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, carved with peony scroll design outside and peony spray in central roundel inside, with band of petals at rim. Covered in uneven green glaze directly on biscuit. Cream white glaze on base, with...

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

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides. Covered in bright translucent green glaze and incised outside with lotus scroll and the Eight Buddhist emblems. White glaze on base, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain vase of meiping form. Covered in crazed translucent green enamel over thin high-fired glaze. Green glaze applied directly to biscuit on base.

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

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Covered outside in light green glaze, with incised key-fret below rim and around foot and wave design around bottom of body. Inside and base covered in plain white glaze. There is an inscription on the...

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

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides. Covered in yellow enamel glaze over thin layer of high-fired glaze. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with B500.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • 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)
  • vase

    Guan type porcelain octagonal vase in form of ancient bronze hu with two tubular handles. The vase is painted with dark brown slip and covered in thick blue-grey glaze with wide golden-brown crackle. There is an inscription on the base,...

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

    Yixing stoneware vase in form of ancient bronze bian hu with two tubular handles. The vase has a brown body and 'tea dust' style glaze, speckled blue-grey and yellow-grey with fine crackle. There is a moulded band around the vase with...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1700-1737
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • brush-pot

    Porcelain brush-pot of cylindrical form. Decorated in 'famille verte' palette enamels, iron red and overglaze blue with a garden scene with terrace, rock and pine tree, and Fuxing, Luxing and Shouing, the Three Star Gods.

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

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. Enamelled in mixed colours, with a clump of 'lingzhi' with its scrolled head of diverse colours and branches of blossoming prunus, mingled with sprays of pomegranate.

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

    Rectangular porcelain table screen. Fine, greyish-white porcelain delicately painted on either side in 'famille rose' palette enamels in a slightly sunken panel. On one side, a lakeside scene with two human figures on a bridge, huts, lofty...

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

    Enamelled porcelain vase with ovoid body. Fine white glassy porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with rocks, bamboo and roses, and poetical inscription in black, and three seals in red enamel. Pair with...

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

    Enamelled porcelain vase with ovoid body. Fine white glassy porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with rocks, bamboo and roses, and poetical inscription in black, and three seals in red enamel. Pair with...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1735-1795
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bottle

    Porcelain bottle with pear-shaped body and six-lobed bulb below the lip. Fine white glassy porcelain delicately painted in mixed enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with rocks, chrysanthemum and other flowers. Inscription on neck. Pair with PDFA829.

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

    Porcelain bottle with pear-shaped body and six-lobed bulb below the lip. Fine white glassy porcelain delicately painted in mixed enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with rocks, chrysanthemum and other flowers. Inscription on neck. Pair with PDFA820.

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

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels with a well-balanced design of a singing bird on a branch of flowering magnolia. Outside covered in ruby-pink glaze.

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

    Pyramidal porcelain perfume casket with square cross-section. Supported on four bulbous feet, with domed cover and flattened top. Fine white porcelain with partly pierced design of bamboo leaves within conventional wave and prunus border.

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

    Porcelain vermillion box with five-lobed sides. Porcelain imitating glass decorated in thick blue enamel with flower scrolls and the 'shou' character in seal form, surrounded by a border of bats and flowers.

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

    Small globular waterpot of 'soft-paste' porcelain. Decorated in overglaze iron red enamel with two four-clawed dragons chasing flaming pearls amid clouds. Border of ruyi lappets above and stylised lotus petals below, also in iron red...

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

    Porcelain dish. Decorated in wucai style with delicate underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, yellow and black enamels. Roundel inside painted with pair of goldfish in a lotus pond, and group of five fish among colourful water weeds in...

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

    Porcelain double gourd-shaped vase. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Design on the exterior of grapevines wrapping around vessel from top to bottom, painted in pale aubergine, dark...

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

    Hemispherical porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue washes and outlines and overglaze enamels. Inside, a figure of Shou lao (God of Longevity), seated with his crane, enclosed in double blue ring. Eight Immortals...

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

    Miniature porcelain jar of globular form. Decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, green and black enamels. Design of blue fish swimming over green and white waves on yellow ground. Stylised lotus panels around rim in red,...

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC-19thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. On interior, in underglaze blue, a double vajra with Tibetan character 'om' in the centre surrounded by petal panels each containing a...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Longqing
    • Production date: 1567-1572
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Decorated in sancai style with on-biscuit enamels. Two incised dragons in white in the centre, with aubergine flaming pearl between and green waves below, on yellow ground. Six flower and fruit sprays in cavetto, in...

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

    Swatow-type Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish. Decorated in red, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. In centre, Chinese mariner's compass motif enclosing characters Tai ji (supreme ultimate), surrounded by two dragons and two flying...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1573-1620
    • Production place: Zhangzhou
  • vase

    Zhangzhou export ware porcelain vase of form inspired by ancient bronzes, with two large square handles. Painted in Swatow style with red, green, turquoise and black overglaze enamels. Band of chevrons in red at rim and flowering branches...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC-17thC(early)
    • Production place: Zhangzhou
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer dish. Inside in the centre, sketchy floral medallion enclosing reignmark, and sprays of peach, cherry, lychee and persimmons in the cavetto. On the exterior, four lotus sprays, all painted in overglaze yellow enamel on...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • ink-stone

    Porcelain ink slab and water receptacle in form of rectangular bowl with four-fifths unglazed for ink grinding. Sides roughly decorated in wucai style with greyish underglaze blue and overglaze enamels with flower sprays on long sides and...

    • Object type: ink-stone
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1600-1644
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze washes of red, green and aubergine enamels. Design on the interior of group of fruits, including peach, cherry, loquat, mulberry and gingko...

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

    Porcelain bowl. Decorated in overglaze green, yellow, aubergine and black enamels. Inside, two groups of rocks and grasses in a double red ring in the centre and outside are tree-shrews among grapevines. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain wine-cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze red, green and pale aubergine enamels. Design on the exterior of gentleman scholar seated on a willow tree trunk by a river with ducks....

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

    Porcelain bowl. Decorated with underglaze blue on an overglaze yellow enamel ground. Inside, a flower spray in a double circle in the centre, and outside a gardenia scroll. Colourless glaze on base, with mark.

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

    Porcelain cup. Decorated inside with blue and white cloud scroll medallion against yellow ground. Outside, Three Friends of Winter motif, with prunus, bamboo and pine in underglaze blue against yellow ground. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain saucer dish. On outside, incised design of dragons chasing pearls among clouds, painted in green enamel against yellow ground. Plain white interior. Base glazed, with mark.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Zhengde; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1506-1521
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • jar

    Porcelain jar in the form of a spittoon (zhadou). Decorated all over with enamels on the biscuit. Outside incised with five-clawed dragons and flaming pearls among ruyi clouds, in copper green against a yellow enamel ground. Colourless...

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Zhengde; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1506-1521
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Guangdong stoneware cup in form of half a peach with twig handle standing on two twigs at base. The cup has a dark greyish-brown body and pale blue glaze suffused with grey and purple. There are three tiny spur marks on the base, which is...

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC-20thC
    • Production place: Shiwan
  • 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
  • cup

    Porcelain 'surprise' cup with standing female figure inside. Decorated in wucai style with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels. On outside, boys at play in a landscape, and four emblems with ribbons on inside rim. Standing female painted...

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1573-1620
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • brush-washer

    Porcelain Brush-washer with lobed sides. Covered with coffee-coloured glaze and decorated in yellow and black overglaze enamels. Cranes among clouds inside, and four flower and fruit sprays outside. Base glazed, with mark.

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Jiajing
    • Production date: 1522-1566
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • incense-burner

    Cylindrical porcelain incense burner. Decorated with low relief mountains, clouds and waves, and in high relief five figures and a deer bearing the Eight Trigrams on its back. All elements painted with unfired pigments and partly gilt, but...

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 17thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • stem cup

    Porcelain stem cup . Decorated in wucai style, with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, ochre and black enamels. Medallion with floral roundel inside in centre, with boys running with kites and banners around sides. On outside, boys...

    • Object type: stem cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC-17thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • incense-burner

    Tripod porcelain incense burner of archaic bronze ding form, with two loop handles and three cabriole legs, each decorated with beast mask. Body covered outside with on-biscuit deep purple enamel, inside with dark turquoise, and legs and...

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1700-1900
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • model

    Ornamental porcelain model rock with wide lower part. Applied monkey on central section and three large holes on base. Underglaze blue with plants, flowering trees and details on front half; back half undecorated.

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

    Small octagonal covered porcelain box. Underglaze blue with flower head in each panel on cover, flying cranes and clouds on lower part. There is an inscription on the base.

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

    Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with garden landscape including rocks, trees and flying birds. Lotus petals and plantain leaves in pencilled style on stem. Roundel with five-clawed dragon among clouds inside. There is an inscription on...

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

    Small round covered porcelain box. Underglaze blue with two dragons and flaming pearls around sides of lid and lower half of porcelain box. Dragon in a double circle on the top. There is an inscription on the base. The box contains solid...

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

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with scrolling hibiscus inside and out. Roundel with flowerhead in two shades of blue in the centre. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC(late)
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • kiln-support

    Stoneware kiln support with disc base and three small spurs. The kiln support has a coarse brown body.

    • Object type: kiln-support
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Southern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 12thC-13thC
    • Production place: China
  • dish

    Large porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with band of scrolling flowers around inside and outside, with a large central roundel with four large scrolling flowers in the centre. Band of waves on the flattened rim. Base unglazed.

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

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue seascape scenes with pagodas, pine trees, birds and rocks. Auspicious symbols around foot. Roundel with similar seascape with addition of fishermen inside. Mouth rim bound with copper. There is an inscription...

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

    Small covered porcelain box. Seven rounded lobes with star-shaped top and foot. Underglaze blue with dual fruit and flower sprays. Narrow band of classic scrolls above and below central junction. Frontal five-clawed dragon amid clouds on...

    • Object type: box
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Longqing
    • Production date: 1567-1572
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • flower-pot-stand

    Porcelain flower-pot-stand in form of tripod censer. Underglaze blue in pencilled style with phoenixes, pheasants and cranes among flowers and trees, including peony, bamboo and pine. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: flower-pot-stand
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Wanli; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1573-1620
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Rectangular porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with four panels of fruiting peach sprays outside and panels of flower sprays inside. Panel with two flowers and leaves in the centre. There is an inscription on the base.

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

    Porcelain vase of meiping form. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling lotus flowers above a band of flowers sprays. Band of four fruit sprays on shoulder: peach, apple, pomegranate and lychee. Blue parallel lines separate the bands.

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

    Porcelain water-pot in the form of a half pomegranate with applied leaves and branches. Underglaze blue on branch-shaped handle and tops of fruit and leaves. Two applied fruit-shaped feet.

    • Object type: water-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 17thC(early)
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Large Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish of Swatow type, with bracketed rim. Underglaze blue inside with a central roundel featuring ducks and waterfowl in a pond with aquatic plants and a grassy shoreline. Ogival panels around the...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC-17thC
    • Production place: Zhangzhou
  • snuff-bottle

    Snuff bottle painted in underglaze blue with four figures battling among waves. The dropper is made of balck wood (possibly ebony) with ivory inlay to form a yin yang symbol. The base has an unusual mark with lotuses.

    • Object type: snuff-bottle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC-19thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • stem cup

    Stem porcelain cup. There are three silhouetted fruits around the sides of the exterior, peach, persimmon and pomegranate, in underglaze red, and two five-clawed dragons incised under the glaze on the interior. There is an inscription on...

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

    Small globular jar of hua shi porcelain. There are three large scale Buddhist lions playing with ribboned brocade balls in underglaze blue around the exterior.

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

    Small bottle of meiping form. Underglaze blue with three bands of individual figurative scenes illustrating conversations, romances, communing with ghosts, etc. Overlapping cloud forms around the shoulder. There is an inscription on the...

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

    Porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with figurative scene of a man carrying a child while riding a pony and followed by an attendant with luggage. Vertical inscription on one side and inscription on base. Pair with C623.

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

    Covered globular porcelain jar, with cylindrical cover with flat top. Underglaze blue with feathery scrolling floral elements around the porcelain jar and lid, and traditional classic scrolls around the flange. Unglazed base.

    • Object type: jar; cover
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • flask

    Porcelain flask of baoyue form with two strap handles. Underglaze blue with a roundel on each side with a four-square five-clawed dragon amid flames and stylised clouds with a flaming pearl at the centre. There is an inscription on the...

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

    Set of 18 sweetmeat porcelain dishes of rhomboid form, arranged in two concentric circles around a central round porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with cranes flying in clouds in outer group of porcelain dishes, song birds perched on...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Longqing
    • Production date: 1567-1572
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Bowl of hua shi porcelain. Underglaze blue with band of scrolling phoenix roundels alternating with flame medallions around the sides. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
    • 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
  • meiping

    Porcelain vase of meiping form. Covered with thick copper-red glaze. Base, mouth-rim and inside covered with clear crackled glaze.

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

    Porcelain Tea-bowl. Covered outside with liverish copper-red glaze and inside with clear plain glaze. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with C518.

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

    Porcelain saucer dish. Covered with crackled copper-red glaze. White at foot and mouth rim. Base covered with finely crackled dull white glaze.

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