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  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and everted rim, with a slightly tapered footring deeply undercut inside. There is a man on a flowery bank with a waterfall within a double circle in overglaze red, green, yellow, purplish brown and...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1500
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • wine-jar

    Porcelain wine-jar with a short constricted neck, wide mouth, broad shoulders, and a slightly concave base. The wine-jar has a green-glazed interior. There are multi-coloured clouds in fahua-style with blue, turquoise and yellow lead...

    • Object type: wine-jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1488-1505
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • vase

    Dehua-type porcelain vase of baluster form, with narrow base and long neck with two animal masks in high relief, with rings hanging down against the body. There are peony sprays branching from behind rocks, dragonflies and a bird in...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1628-1644
    • Production place: Dehua
  • dish

    Porcelain dish with gently curved sides and slightly eveted rim. There are two dragons chasing a flaming pearl in green overglaze enamel on a yellow enamel ground on the exterior, and an undecorated interior. There is a mark in underglaze...

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

    Porcelain vase of archaic bronze gu form with long neck, wide everted mouth, rounded central section and tall foot gently spreading to the base. There are floral scrolls in underglaze blue against a red enamel ground on the exterior.

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

    Porcelain dish with rounded sides and slightly flared rim. The saucer has red enamel on the exterior. There are pale green and black bats in shaped white panels on the exterior, and a formalised medallion shaped "shou" character in red on...

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

    Porcelain box with domed cover, flattened circular top, rounded sides and a recessed base. There is a dragon enclosed within a double circle in wucai-style underglaze blue and overglaze enamel on top of cover, two dragons chasing a flaming...

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

    Longquan porcelain dish, with opaque light blue glaze. There are overlapping lotus petals on the exterior.

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

    Longquan-type stoneware bowl with five-lobed rim. The bowl has olive brown glaze with irregular brown crackle. There is an inscription in the centre.

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

    Longquan porcelain dish with a wide flat base and a narrow flattened rim. The dish has thick grey-green glaze. There is a dragon surrounded by clouds chasing a flaming pearl in biscuit relief in the centre, seventeen prunus florets in...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 14thC
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • flower-pot

    Longquan stoneware flower-pot of cylindrical form with three feet. The flower-pot has grey-green glaze with a dark brown crackle. There is a floral scroll in low relief around the body.

    • Object type: flower-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Zhengde; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1506
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • cup

    Deep tub-shaped cup. Fine white porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels on one side with a rooster, hen, chicken and the figure of the 'Precocious Chicken Boy', Jia Chang.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1770
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. Decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels and iron red with a fruiting peach 'tao' painted and speckled in various shades of bright pink and green, intertwined with tree peony and prunus.

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

    Yixing stoneware cup in form of half peach stone, with underside deeply scored like a peach stone. The cup has a brown, biscuit-fired body and bluish-grey glaze on the interior. There is an inscription incised into the rim.

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

    Pair of tub-shaped porcelain cups. Fine white glassy porcelain decorated in famille rose enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with lotus flowers and crinkled leaves, and poetical inscription of ten characters.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongzheng; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1736-1795
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • teapot

    Porcelain teapot with globular body. Fine white glassy porcelain, decorated in famille rose enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with lotus flowers and crinkled leaves, with buds and seed pods, together with a poetic inscription of ten characters....

    • Object type: teapot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongzheng; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1736-1795
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Porcelain tub-shaped cup. Fine white porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels on one side, with rooster, hen, chickens and figures of the 'Precocious Chicken Boy', Jia Chang.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1890-1910
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • flask

    Porcelain flask of pilgrim bottle form with flattened globular body and two ribbed ribbon-form handles. The flask is covered with creamy white crackled glaze, decorated on either side with circular design of front-facing dragon in pale red...

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

    Guangdong stoneware brush-washer in form of lotus leaf with five everted lobes. The brish-washer has a grey-brown body and thick duck egg blue glaze with fine crackle stained grey. There are three large, square spur marks on the base, which...

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1800-1949
    • Production place: Shiwan
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Painted with red dragons chasing pearls on green overglaze enamelled ground. Inside double circle in centre, one dragon and two dragons in cavetto. Two further dragons outside. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain dish. Decorated in underglaze blue with yellow overglaze enamel ground. Inside the centre, a pair of fruiting peach branches within double ring. Around outside, scrolling morning glory flowers. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain bowl. Inside double circle in the centre, a heron in a pond with lotus in underglaze blue. Band of blue trellis pattern close to rim. Outside, semi-precious stones mounted in gold and silver to form floral design. There is a mark...

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

    Porcelain dish. Decorated in famille verte enamels. In centre, peony spray in double ring surrounded by ten radial lobed panels, each containing a flower spray. Diaper patterns in red as ground filler, and chevron band round border. On the...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1670-1675
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Decorated in underglaze blue and copper red, with touches of overglaze green enamel. Design inside of waves and clouds in blue with domed shell object in red and green enamels. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 17thC
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • wine-cup

    Porcelain wine-cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze red, green, yellow and black enamels. Design on the exterior of three Daoist Gods of Happiness, Emolument and Longevity. Inscription on...

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

    Porcelain stem cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Around the exterior, design of birds perched on flowering branches. Hollow, glazed stem with mark inside.

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

    Swatow-type Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain dish. Decorated in red, turquoise, green and black overglaze enamels. Inside in centre, a medallion of a peony reserved in white against a red ground. Around it, two flying phoenix in black and...

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

    Porcelain dish. Decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze red, green and black enamels. Inside, formalised lotus flower enclosed in double circle. Outside, design of five red fish above waves in blue, green and black. There is a mark on...

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

    Large porcelain bowl. Decorated in red and green overglaze enamels. Inside in the centre, a red dragon against a green ground enclosed in red double circle. Outside, two red dragons chasing flaming pearls among clouds on green ground. There...

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1435-1465
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Decorated in underglaze blue with intricate floral scrolls on applied gold ground on interior and exterior. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongzheng; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1723-1736
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • kendi

    Zhangzhou Export Ware porcelain 'kendi' (water flask) in the form of a winged dragon rising from waves, with dragon's head as spout. Decorated in Swatow style with turquoise, red, green and black overglaze enamels. Bands with ogival panels...

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

    Porcelain dish. Decorated inside with flowering pomegranate spray in the centre within double circle, and four fruit sprays around the cavetto, all in underglaze blue against yellow ground, including peach, lychee, cherry and persimmon. The...

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

    Porcelain dish. Incised inside with dragon among clouds, reserved in buff-coloured biscuit against a greyish-tinged glaze ground. On the exterior, two similar dragons running dragons against the glazed ground. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain dish. Decorated in overglaze green, red, turquoise, yellow and black enamels with underglaze blue lines on rim and foot. Inside, a frontal five-clawed dragon in green and red among red clouds and green waves. Waves and rocks...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1634
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish painted with iron brown enamel against a white ground. Inside, incised single spray of gardenia in the centre with four flower and fruit sprays in the cavetto, including grapevine, lotus, pomegranate and persimmon. Outside...

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

    Guangdong stoneware bottle with globular body and straight cylindrical neck with two ridges. The bottle has a dark body and purplish-brown glaze at the mouth, dark green glaze at neck and one area of shoulder, and pale green glaze on the...

    • Object type: bottle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1800-1949
    • Production place: Shiwan
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Decorated in green and yellow on-biscuit enamels. Inside, incised dragon among clouds in green against yellow ground. Outside, incised and painted bamboo, prunus and pine, each forming character: fu (happiness), lu...

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

    Porcelain dish. Decorated in overglaze green, yellow, red and brown enamels. Flowerhead in the centre, enclosed by two pomegranate branches with birds and butterfly around walls. Outside undecorated. There is a mark on the base. Pair with...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Tianqi; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1621-1627
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Decorated with incised dragon among clouds, painted with green enamel mainly on biscuit, partly over the glaze. Two similar dragons on the exterior, but with ground of incised waves. There is a mark on the base. Pair with...

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

    Porcelain dish. Decorated with incised dragon among clouds, painted with green enamel mainly on biscuit, partly over the glaze. Two similar dragons on the exterior, but with ground of incised waves. There is a mark on the base. Pair with...

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

    Porcelain vase of bag-shaped basket form with simulated basketwork and a double cord around the neck that forms loop handles on either side. The vase has white glaze.

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

    Longquan porcelain vase with a long cylindrical neck and flaring mouth. The vase has pale grey-green glaze. There are carved overlapping leaves on the neck, overlapping lotus petals around the lower part, above a raised rib, and a wide band...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1432
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • vase

    Longquan porcelain vase of archaic bronze gu or zun shape, with a globular midsection expanding to flared mouth and foot rims. The vase has pale greyish green crackled glaze. There are four vertical ribs around the exterior, and two...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 1280-1368
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • jar

    Longquan porcelain jar of spherical form with narrow mouthrim. The jar has pale greyish green glaze. There is a peony scroll in relief on the upper part of the exterior, and overlapping lotus petals on lower part.

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

    Longquan porcelain jar of drum-shape. The jar has greyish-green glaze with some crackle. There is a peony scroll in relief around the exterior with two moulded masks and ring handles, between two bands of flower-shaped bosses.

    • Object type: jar
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 1300-1368
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • bowl

    Longquan stoneware bowl with a flattened rim and two pairs of holes for metal fittings. The bowl has glossy grey-green glaze. There are two fish moulded in the centre, and a scrolling design carved in interior.

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

    Longquan stoneware vase with long cylindrical neck and two tubular fittings just below the lip. The vase has grey-green matt glaze with a light green crackle.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 14thC
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • dish

    Longquan stoneware dish with five lobes. The dish has pale greyish green glaze. There is an inscription in the centre.

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

    Ding porcelain dish. Creamy white. There are two fish amongst waves on the interior.

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

    Porcelain cup, with yellowish glaze. There is a spiral design of flowers incised on the exterior, with the character for 'longevity'. One of a pair with PDF.190.

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

    Ding porcelain dish, with a raised edge. Creamy white. There are two fish among waves carved in centre.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty; Jin dynasty
    • Production date: 11thC-12thC
    • Production place: Quyang (county)
  • bowl

    Stoneware bowl with six-lobed rim. Cream glaze on interior, rust coloured glaze on exterior.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 10thC-11thC
    • Production place: China
  • incense-burner

    Porcelain brush-washer in globular form with three low feet. The brush-washer has yellowish glaze. There are incised ruyi heads around the rim. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 17thC(late)-18thC
  • dish

    Ding porcelain dish, with six lobes and copper-bound rim. White. There are two ducks with lotus and reeds on the interior.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 11thC-12thC
    • Production place: Quyang (county)
  • cup

    Porcelain cup with cream glaze. There is a lotus scroll incised on the exterior. One of a pair with PDF.150.

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

    Porcelain cup, with yellowish crackled glaze. There is an incised lotus scroll on the exterior. One of a pair with PDF.145.

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

    Yue stoneware bowl with everted rim, which is dented to form six lobes. The bowl has pale greyish green glaze. There are traces of a gold band remaining on the foot.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 10thC
    • Production place: Shanglinhu
  • jue

    Longquan-type stoneware vessel of archaic jue form, with three splayed legs and two rectangular columns on the rim of the body. The vessel has greyish green glaze.

    • Object type: jue
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1800-1939
    • Production place: China
  • 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
  • bowl

    Porcellanous, near conical bowl. The bowl has white body and grayish white glaze. There are tear marks visible on the exterior.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 11thC
    • Production place: China
  • brush-washer

    Ding-type porcelain square brush-washer, with eight-lobed sides and a copper-bound rim. Creamy white. There are lotus flowers and leaves moulded in the centre, with a floral scroll on the rim.

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC-17thC
    • Production place: China
  • cup

    Porcelain cup with cream crackled glaze. There is an incised peonies on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.

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

    Zhangzhou porcelain flower holder in the form of an elephant. Cream glaze, with a cloisonne flower holder set into the back. Lotus with dot border and key-fret band on saddlecloth. Inscription on the base. One of a pair with PDF.133.

    • Object type: incense-holder
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong
    • Production date: 1736-1795
    • Production place: Zhangzhou
  • jar

    Porcelain jar with moulded simulated basketwork on exterior. The vase has ivory crackled glaze. There are spur marks visible on the interior.

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

    Porcelain vase of bag-shaped basket form with simulated basketwork. The vase has greyish white crackled glaze. There is an inscription on the base.

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

    Porcelain vase of archaic bronze 'hu' form, with two square handles on the neck. The vase has yellowish crackled glaze. There are floral reliefs moulded on the body, with a double-rope pattern around the shoulder.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1700-1900
  • jar

    Four-lobed porcelain rectangular pot, which is moulded to simulate basketwork, and has two applied animal masks with pendant rings. The pot has cream glaze. There is a band of key-fret around the foot.

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

    Ding porcelain bowl, with copper-bound mouth rim. Cream, with double sinous lines radiating from the centre on the interior.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 12thC
    • Production place: Quyang (county)
  • brush-washer

    Ding-type porcelain square brush-washer with eight-lobed sides. The brush-washer has cream glaze. There are lotus flowers and leaves moulded in the centre, with a floral scroll on the rim.

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC(mid)-17thC(early)
    • Production place: China
  • basin

    Ding stoneware basin, with eight-lobed sides and copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white, with lotus scroll on interior.

    • Object type: basin
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty; Jin dynasty
    • Production date: 11thC-12thC
    • Production place: Quyang (county)
  • incense-burner

    Jun stoneware incense burner with globular body, wide neck, flattened mouthrim, and three cabriole legs. The incense burner has opalescent pale blue glaze with some crazing. There is a recessed circle on the base.

    • Object type: incense-burner
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Jin dynasty
    • Production date: 1115-1234
    • Production place: Yuxian
  • head-rest

    Jun stoneware rectangular head-rest with curved sides. The head-rest has opalescent blue glaze with dark purple lines on the upper surface, and an unglazed base. It is hollow with a hole at either end.

    • Object type: head-rest
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 1000-1127
    • Production place: Yuxian
  • vase

    Longquan stoneware vase of archaic jade cong form, with square body and short cylindirical neck and foot. The vase has thick green-grey glaze with brown stained crackle.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1500-1600
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • cup

    Guan-type stoneware octagonal cup with everted rim and splayed foot. The cup has opaque grey glaze with an even, black-stained crackle.

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

    Jun stoneware brush-washer of elongated quatrefoil form with one end partly covered in to form a spout. The brush-washer has thin, translucent bluish grey glaze.

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 960-1127
    • Production place: Yuxian
  • brush-washer

    Guan stoneware brush-washer of quatrefoil shape with lobed corners. The brush-washer has opaque greenish-grey glaze with two layers of crackle, a wider crackle stained black and the closer crackle light brown. There are four round spur...

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1279-1400
    • Production place: Hangzhou
  • bowl

    Longquan stoneware bowl with rounded sides and overlapping lotus petals carved on exterior. The bowl has blue-green glaze with two layers of brown crackle.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 1200-1399
    • Production place: Longquan (area)
  • dish

    Soft Jun stoneware dish with shallow, rounded sides and everted rim. The dish has thin, greenish-grey glaze with a fine crackle, and olive green at the rim. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1368-1435
    • Production place: Yuxian
  • water-dropper

    Soft Jun stoneware water-dropper in a pear shape with a small mouth. The water-dropper has thick bright blue glaze with three purple in-glaze copper splashes and a fine crackle.

    • Object type: water-dropper
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1500-1644
    • Production place: China
  • cup

    Pair of Jun stoneware cups with rounded sides and inverted rim. The cups have opalescent blue glaze coloured purple on the interior and exterior with splashes of in-glaze copper pigment. The glaze is olive green at the rim.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 1000-1127
    • Production place: Yuxian
  • bowl

    Jun stoneware bowl with deep sides. The bowl has thick opalescent pale blue glaze with crackle stained dark grey on the interior rim and base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 960-1127
    • Production place: Yuxian
  • flower-pot-stand

    Official Jun stoneware flower pot stand of elongated quatrefoil shape, with flattened rim with narrow raised band at edge, lobed sides, and four cloud-shaped feet. The stand has blue glaze coloured purple with in-glaze copper pigment....

    • Object type: flower-pot-stand
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1435
    • Production place: Juntai
  • flower-pot

    Jun stoneware flower-pot with globular body, wide flaring neck and everted mouthrim. The flower-pot has greenish blue glaze. There is an inscription, and five round holes, on the base, which is unglazed.

    • Object type: flower-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1435
    • Production place: Yuxian
  • flower-pot-stand

    Official Jun stoneware flower pot stand in form of shallow bowl with an inverted rim, a band of raised bosses under the rim and above the feet, and three cloud-shaped feet. The stand has thick blue glaze on the interior, and a blue glaze...

    • Object type: flower-pot-stand
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1403-1435
    • Production place: Juntai
  • brush-washer

    Guan stoneware brush-washer with flaring sides and eight petal-shaped lobes. The brush-washer has opaque bluish-grey glaze with wide even crackle stained black and dark brown. There are five spur marks on the base, which is glazed.

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Southern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 1127-1279
    • Production place: Hangzhou
  • dish

    Guan stoneware dish with sloping sides and everted six-lobed rim. The dish has translucent greenish-grey glaze with a fine, brown stained crackle. There are six spur marks on the base, which is glazed.

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty; Southern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 1127-1368
    • Production place: Hangzhou
  • bowl

    Guan-type stoneware bowl with wide mouth and low, wide foot. The bowl has greenish glaze with fine, pale brown crackle. The footrim and mouthrim are unglazed. There are five spur marks on the interior of the vase.

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

    Guan-type stoneware bowl with rounded sides and six-lobed mouthrim, on a small, low foot. The bowl has bluish-grey glaze with dark grey stained even crackle.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1700-1775
    • Production place: Zhejiang (province)
  • dish

    Guan stoneware dish with shallow, sloping sides and everted, six-lobed rim, on a recessed base. The dish has a bluish-grey glaze with wide crackle, stained black and grey on the exterior, unstained on the interior. The dish has an...

    • Object type: dish
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Southern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 1127-1279
    • Production place: Hangzhou
  • bowl

    Guan-type porcelain octagonal bowl with high, flaring sides, bracket lobed rim, and a low straight footrim. The bowl has greenish-grey glaze with a narrow, irregular crackle stained brownish red. The mouthrim is dark brown. The bowl has...

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

    Guan-type stoneware bottle-vase with globular body, long flaring neck, on a low recessed footrim. The bottle-vase has thick, opaque bluish-grey glaze with an irregular crackle. The bottle-vase has an inscription on the base and an unglazed...

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

    Guan-type stoneware vase of archaic bronze fang hu form with tubular handles at the neck and a slightly flaring foot. The vase has thick opaque grey glaze with wide, irregular crackle. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: vase
    • 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
  • bird-feeder

    Porcelain bird seed cup of depressed globular form with a small handle on one side. There is a formal floral scroll on the exterior, and gilding on the footring. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

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

    Porcelain double gourd vase with rectangular lower section, narrow waist, and pear shaped upper section. There are pomegranate sprays in underglaze blue and red, green, aubergine and yellow overglaze enamels on the lower section, and...

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

    Square porcelain bowl with steep sides and flared mouth rim. There is a Chinese character in a square panel in underglaze blue on a yellow enamel ground on the interior, a scroll pattern around the interior rim, and a dragon among floral...

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

    Square porcelain box. There is a four-clawed dragon amid clouds in on-biscuit green enamel on a yellow enamel ground on the top, and incised wave patterns around the sides. Mark on the base, which has yellow glaze.

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

    Pair of porcelain water-pots in the form of a wooden bucket, with curved handles and applied animal masks. Herons and lotus plants beside a pond in Wucai style underglaze blue and overglaze red, green and black enamels. There is a mark on...

    • Object type: water-pot
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty; Chongzhen
    • Production date: 1628-1644
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • tea-bowl

    Porcelain tea-bowl with high, straight sides. There are two cockerels in a landscape in underglaze cobalt blue and copper red on one side, and a rock and a coxcomb plant on the other. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Circular porcelain ink-slab with a channel around the top, and a recessed base. The ink-slab has an unglazed area in the centre of the top. There are classic scrolls in reserve against an underglaze cobalt blue ground. There is an...

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

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides, everted mouthrim and wide foot. There are scrolling lotus flowers and leaves between a band of squared spirals at the mouthrim, a band of separated lotus flowers, classic scrolls around the foot, a roundel...

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

    Porcelain temple-vase of bronze form with long neck, thick mouth rim, and two animal mask handles on the neck. There is a band of rocks and waves in underglaze cobalt blue rising from the base, a band of scrolling lotus leaves around the...

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