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  • cup

    Porcelain cup with rounded sides and everted rim. The cup has yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and slightly everted rim. The saucer has turquoise glaze on the exterior, plain felspathic glaze on the interior. There are three incised clouds in centre, surrounded by two dragons pursuing pearls and a...

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

    Porcelain dish with curving sides and slightly everted rim. The dish has yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze on front and back. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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

    Porcelain hemispherical bowl. The bowl has iron red enamel on exterior, white glazed interior and base. There are gilt floral scrolls on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC(mid)
    • 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
  • vase

    Porcelain pear-shaped vase with wide mouth and two tubular handles. The vase has crackled glaze, covered with a clear apple-green enamel. There is brown slip on the base, which is unglazed.

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

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and slightly thickened everted rim. The bowl has uneven yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. There is a single dragon in centre, with two five-clawed dragons pursuing pearls among clouds incised on...

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

    Porcellaneous stoneware wine-jar of guan form, with ovoid body. The wine-jar has a gilt copper-bound mouthrim. The wine-jar has finely crazed turquoise glaze. There is an inscription on the shoulder.

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1600-1700
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Porcelain vase with narrow sloping shoulder and long cylindrical neck. The vase has copper red glaze faing to white at the rim. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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

    Porcelain miniature meiping vase. The vase has glassy copper red glaze that is deep red on one side and pale and brown tinged on the other, both of which fade to white at mouth rim, and a milky-white glazed base.

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

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and everted rim. The dish has blue glaze on front, back and base. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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

    Porcelain bowl with flaring sides. Thick copper red glaze on body, cream crackled glaze on base. Incised inscription.

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

    Porcelain incense burner in the form of an archaic bronze 'gui'. The incense burner has a white body covered with a white porcelain glaze, and the well is only partially glazed. There is a small firing crack in the base.

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
    • Production place: Dehua
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. The dish has a white body and clear glaze. There is an underglaze 'anhua' slip decoration of a flower scroll around the interior wall.

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

    Porcelain octagonal bowl with everted rim. There is an incised key-fret panel just below the rim, openwork trellis patterns on the sides, with characters down the centre of each panel.

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

    Porcelain octagonal bowl. There is an incised key-fret panel just below the rim, openwork trellis patterns on the sides, with characters in two rows in alternate panels.

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

    Porcelain reticulated octagonal bowl with an everted, silver-bound mouth-rim. The base is also covered with silver. There is an openwork design consisting of a trellis pattern with a line of characters in the centre of each panel.

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

    Porcelain vase of meiping form. The vase has blue-toned glaze, except for base. There are fine incised lotus flowers in the panels and around the shoulder.

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

    Porcelain model of a bell with double dragon handle on the top. There is incised and underglaze slip decoration round the sides of the bell, six raised bands ringing the bell, and a key-fret panel just below the shoulder.

    • Object type: model; bell
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1735-1795
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • incense-burner

    Porcelain incense vessel in the form of an archaic bronze 'gui' with two dragon-head handles. The incense burner has blue tinged glaze. There are elaborately carved designs round the sides imitating bronze style decorative motifs.

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1736-1795
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • brush-shaper

    Porcelain plaque modelled as a palm tree against an ornamental rock and moon with clouds in the background on both sides. The plaque has creamy white glaze.

    • Object type: brush-shaper
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1800-1900
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • water-pot

    Hua shi porcelain water-pot with depressed globular body. The water-pot has creamy glaze. There is an incised design of panel of straight lines just below the mouth rim, with a classic scroll panel below that. There is a firing crack at...

    • Object type: water-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
  • vase

    Ding-type porcelain vase with rounded body and flaring mouth. There is a finely incised design of flower spray around the neck, a key fret panel at the shoulder, and a five-clawed dragon chasing a flaming pearl round the body.

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

    Porcelain vase in the form of an archaic bronze 'gu', with flaring mouth, globular centre and spreading foot. The vase has white crazed glase, except in the area around the foot ring.

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

    Porcelain cup. The cup has creamy crazed glaze, with light brown staining in the crackle. There is an incised design with a pair of phoenixes and a pair of five-clawed dragons.

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

    Porcelain bowl with a slightly flared foliate rim and a small foot ring. The bowl has blue tinged glaze. There is raised underglaze slip, on the interior and exterior, to imitate a flower.

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

    Soft paste porcelain tripod of archaic bronze 'ding' form, with squared mouth-rim and two loop handles. The tripod has crazed cream glaze on the exterior. There is an incised band of key fret around the bowl section.

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
    • Production place: Zhangzhou
  • flute

    Dehua porcelain flute. There is gilt decorating the ends and a faded yellow silk tassel attached.

    • Object type: flute
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
    • Production place: Dehua
  • water-pot

    Soft paste porcelain water-pot of depressed globular form with small round foot ring. The water-pot has creamy glaze. There is an incised decoration of a double row of squared petals, and black specks on the interior.

    • Object type: water-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC
    • Production place: Zhangzhou
  • box

    Porcelain square box with cover. The box has creamy white glaze, except on the interior of the cover and the mouth- and foot-rims.

    • Object type: box
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 17thC
    • Production place: Dehua
  • brush-washer

    Dehua porcelain brush-washer in the form of a lotus leaf with curled edges. White. There is a stem extending from the interior centre over the edge, and another stem that extends under the leaf up the other side ending with a small leaf...

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

    White Dehua porcelain figure of a seated Guantin in the attitude of meditation. White. There is a seal mark on the back. The interior and the base are neatly finished, with small areas of grit adhered to the front of the base.

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

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and everted copper-bound rim. White. There is an incised cloud collar design on the exterior, and two 'anhua' slip dragons under the glaze on the interior. The base is glazed.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Hongwu
    • Production date: 1368-1398
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with wide mouth, small base, slightly rounded sides and slightly spreading lip with six foil edge. There are two 'anhua' slip five claw dragons chasing pearls under the glaze on the interior. The base is glazed.

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

    Stoneware jar with two handles and everted mouth rim. The jar has brown glaze.

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Tang dynasty
    • Production date: 700-900
    • Production place: Hebei (province); Henan (province)
  • jar

    Jizhou stoneware jar with wide neck. There are birds on rocks with flowers painted in brown on the body, and a floral band around the shoulder.

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty; Southern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 1127-1300
    • Production place: Jizhou
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl, with copper-bound mouth rim. The bowl has black glaze.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic
    • Production date: 1912-1949
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • water-pot

    Porcelain water-pot. The water-pot has a white body and cream white crackled glaze. There are classic scrolls bordered by two panels of straight lines incised on the exterior.

    • Object type: water-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
  • stem cup

    Jizhou stoneware stem cup. The cup is cream coloured. There are characters painted around the exterior in brown.

    • Object type: stem cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 1280-1368
    • Production place: Jizhou
  • wine-jar

    Porcelain wine-jar. The wine-jar has brownish black glaze on the interior and the exterior. There is an inscription on the body. There are three spur marks visible on the base.

    • Object type: wine-jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic
    • Production date: 1912-1949
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • water-pot

    Stoneware water-pot. The water-pot has marbled brown and cream body. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: water-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1644-1911
    • Production place: China
  • bowl

    Longquan stoneware bowl with thickened rim. The bowl has thick, matt grey-brown glaze. There is a vegetal band moulded on the interior above eight quatrefoil panels, each enclosing a Chinese character. There is an inscription on the...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1368-1435
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • dish

    Stoneware dish with flattened rim. The dish has pale bluish-green glaze. There are floral motifs incised on the interior. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Shunzhi; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1651
    • Production place: Longquan
  • bowl

    Yaozhou stoneware conical bowl with slightly flared rim. The bowl has deep olive-green glaze. There are four fish and a squid in rippling water moulded on the interior, with incised radiating lines on the exterior. One of a pair with...

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

    Yaozhou stoneware conical bowl with slightly flared rim. The bowl has deep olive-green glaze. There are four fish and a squid in rippling water moulded on the interior, with incised radiating lines on the exterior. One of a pair with...

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

    Longquan porcelain box and lid. The box has glassy grey-green glaze. There is a carved and incised floral motif on the lid.

    • Object type: box
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty; Five Dynasties
    • Production date: 907-1000
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • vase

    Longquan porcelain meiping vase with two small handles on the shoulder. The vase has grey-green glaze with brown stained crackle. The is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 17thC
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • jue

    Longquan-type porcelain vessel of archaic bronze jue form, with two columns standing up from the flattened rim, standing on three tapered legs. The vessel has grey-green glaze. There is a key-fret band below the rim, and a floral relief...

    • Object type: jue
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic
    • Production date: 1912-1949
    • Production place: Longquan area
  • incense-burner

    Longquan porcelain incense burner of archaic bronze li form, with globular body, wide straight neck and flattened mouthrim, on three tapered legs. The incense burner has pale grey-green glaze. There is a vent hole in each leg just below the...

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

    Longquan stoneware dish with high rounded sides and flattened rim. The dish has greyish green glaze.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty; Southern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 13thC-14thC
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • bowl

    Longquan stoneware bowl. The bowl has translucent greyish green glaze. There are overlapping lotus petals carved on the exterior.

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

    Yue stoneware bowl with shallow curving sides. The bowl has a silver-green glaze. There are two phoenixes and a jewel incised in the centre, a plant scroll around the rim, and overlapping lotus petals carved on the exterior. There is an...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Tang dynasty
    • Production date: 850-907
    • Production place: Shanglinhu
  • figure

    Dehua porcelain figure of a seated Guanyn, with elongated ear lobes and jewelled crown, necklace and bracelet, holding a scroll in one hand and sitting on an oval plinth. The figure is hollow inside. There is incised decoration on the...

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

    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a white body and blue-toned glaze. There is a fret design carved around the exterior, with recessed areas unglazed, and a petal design incised around the base. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a white body. There is a grass script deeply incised in the well and around the exterior.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 17thC
    • Production place: Dehua
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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
  • vase

    Porcelain vase of bronze form, with squared rim and four applied moulded animal masks with rings on the shoulder. The vase has a white body and cream white crackled glaze.

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

    Porcelain vase with globular body and animal mask handles. The vase has a white body and cream white glaze. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain cup. The cup has a white body and pitted white glaze. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain water-pot. The water-pot has a white body and cream white crackled glaze. There is a cloud collar moulded around the rim, medallions of dragon head in waves around the sides, and a petal panel at the base.

    • Object type: water-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 18thC-19thC
  • jar

    Ge-type stoneware globular jar. The jar has a dark grey body and thick, glassy greenish-grey glaze with two layers of crackle, the wide layer stained dark grey, and the narrow ginger. Where exposed in firing, the body is reddish-brown. The...

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
    • Production place: China
  • jar; cover

    Porcelain jar with flat cover. The jar has a white body and grey-toned glaze. There is a dragon chasing a flaming pearl incised around the body, and a diamond shape with ribbons (one of the Eight Buddhist Emblems) on the cover. There is...

    • Object type: jar; cover
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1735-1795
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. The dish has a white body. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Xuande; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1426-1435
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Porcelain cup. The cup has a white body. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain vase with faceted body and two animal mask handles. The vase has a white body and blue-toned glaze. There is a floral scroll incised on the exterior. There are firing cracks on sides of handles and body.

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

    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a white body and blue-toned glaze. There is a wave panel in slip below the rim on the interior, a petal panel below this on the interior, a key-fret panel below the rim on the exterior, and a flower scroll...

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

    Porcelain vase with two handles fitted with rings. The vase has a white body. There is a carved band of key-fret around waist. Pair with A401.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 19thC
    • Production place: Dehua
  • flower-pot-stand

    Ge-type stoneware flower-pot-stand or censer with straight sides, five cloud-shaped feet and five raised bosses on the rim. The flower-pot-stand has a very dark grey body covered in grey glaze with uneven crackle which is reddish-brown on...

    • Object type: flower-pot-stand
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 1300-1368
    • Production place: Hangzhou
  • dish

    Jun stoneware dish in form of eight-petalled flower with rounded sides. The dish has thick pale blue glaze, and is pale olive green where the glaze runs thin at the rim and on raised foliations. There are three spur marks on the base, which...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 11thC-12thC
    • Production place: Yuxian
  • dish

    Guan stoneware dish with shallow, sloping sides. The dish has a dark brown body covered in translucent bluish-grey glaze with many bubbles, and some crackle on the base, which has been stained. Where exposed in firing, the body is reddish....

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

    Ru stoneware brush-washer with flaring sides. The dish has a pale ash-grey body covered in thick blue-grey glaze with fine crackle and several tiny pin holes. Base and foot glazed with three small elliptical spur marks.

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 11thC(late)-12thC(early)
    • Production place: Henan (province)
  • dish

    Ru stoneware dish. The dish has an ash-grey body covered in translucent blue-grey glaze. There are four tiny elliptical spur marks on the base, which is glazed. Shape distorted in firing.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 11thC(late)-12thC(early)
    • Production place: Henan (province)
  • vase

    Longquan-type ware porcelain vase of squared hu form. Two applied handles at sides of neck. Very pale grey body covered with thick grey-green glaze which pales almost to white on the angles. Rim of foot unglazed and turned brownish in...

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

    Longquan ware porcelain bowl. The bowl has a fine grey body and thick 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
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • bowl

    Yaozhou stoneware bowl. The bowl has a fine grey body and crazed, olive green glaze. There is a floral spray carved and incised against a combed wave background on the interior. Where exposed, the body is reddish brown. The foot rim is...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Song dynasty
    • Production date: 11thC-12thC
    • Production place: Huangpu
  • dish

    Guan-type stoneware square dish, with flattened rim with bisected corners. The dish has a dark grey body covered in thick grey-green glaze with close, irregular crackle stained black with some brown. The base is glazed and the footrim...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1800-1900
    • Production place: China
  • bowl

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

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

    Guan-type stoneware flower-shaped brush-washer with eight-lobed rim. The brush-washer has a dark grey body and thick grey glaze with close crackle stained black. There are six small spur marks on the base, which is glazed, as is the...

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1368-1644
    • Production place: China
  • dish

    Guan-type ware shallow dish with eight bow-shaped lobes. The dish has a dark grey body and thick yellowish glaze with fine crackle stained mainly black with some brown. The base is glazed and the foot rim unglazed.

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

    Jun stoneware dish. The dish has dark red glaze on the interior and exterior, with bluish tone towards the base on the interior, shading to olive brown where the glaze runs thin on the rim. The base and the inside of the foot ring are...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1368-1398
    • Production place: Juntai
  • cup

    Porcelain miniature cup. The cup has crazed cream glaze. There is incised decoration on the exterior of flowers and leaves. The foot ring is unglazed.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
  • flower-pot-stand

    Jun stoneware hexagonal flower-pot stand. The flower-pot stand has a grey-brown body with blue glaze on the interior and purple glaze on the exterior and rim with a blue area to one side. There is a Chinese numeral, qi (seven) impressed on...

    • Object type: flower-pot-stand
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1368-1435
    • Production place: Juntai
  • brush-washer

    Shiwan stoneware brush-washer with crescent shaped flange protruding from one side of the rim and small ring handle just below. The brush-washer has thick opaque lavender blue glaze. There are three large spur marks on the base, which is...

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1700-1900
    • Production place: Shiwan
  • flask

    Porcelain flask of pilgrim vase form ('bian hu'), with flattened globular body, small oval base, and two ribbon form handles joining the shoulders to the neck, which has a bulbous centre and contracts to a small circular mouth. There is a...

    • Object type: flask
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1700-1720
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish with rounded sides and slightly incurving foot. The dish has a fine white body. There is a berry laden branch and two butterflies hovering around and above it in transparent 'famille verte' palette enamel on a...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • 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
  • 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
    • Production date: 1736-1795
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • 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
  • 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
  • wine-cup

    Glass wine-cup with rounded sides and slightly everted mouth-rim. The wine cup is semi-opaque white glass. There are two large and two small scroll-edged panels with summer and winter landscapes in 'famille rose' palette enamel set in...

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

    Glass wine-cup with rounded sides and slightly everted mouth-rim. The wine cup is semi-opaque white glass. There are two scroll-edged panels of landscape set in a ground of naturalistic flowers in 'famille rose' palette enamel on the...

    • Object type: wine-cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1736-1795
    • Production place: Beijing
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • snuff-bottle

    Glass flask-shaped snuff-bottle with flattened circular body, short tubular neck and oval base with ringed foot. The snuff bottle is fine white semiopaque glass. There is a phoenix with a sprig of 'lingzhi' in its mouth carved in relief and...

    • Object type: snuff-bottle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic
    • Production date: 1912-1930
    • Production place: Beijing
  • wine-cup

    Porcelain wine-cup. The wine-cup has a fine white body. There are three different types of fish in transparent enamel on the exterior, a fourth fish in transparent enamel on the interior, and two fish dragons in underglaze slip on the...

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

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and a straight rim. There are dragons and pearls incised in Sancai style on-biscuit purple, brown and green enamel in the centre of the interior, flower sprays in the cavetto, and dragons and fungus incised...

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

    Porcelain miniature double gourd vase with a straight mouth rim. There are carp among waves and rocks in underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze red and pale green enamel on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue at the mouth rim.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1700-1750
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and straight rim. The bowl has milky white glaze. There is a prunus tree in overglaze turquoise, green, yellow, red and brown enamel on the interior, and two groups of prunus branches with birds and a...

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

    Porcelain double gourd vase with rectangular lower section, narrow waist, pear shaped upper section, and recessed base. There are scrolls in overglaze red and green enamel on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base,...

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

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and straight rim. There are two incised dragons pursuing a flaming pearl among clouds in Sancai style with on-biscuit enamel in the centre of the interior, and four fruiting grapevines on the exterior....

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