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  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl decorated in opaque pink, blue, green, white and yellow enamels against a ground of deep rose. Design of continuous peony scroll around the exterior, with interior undecorated and white.

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

    Bottle-shaped porcelain vase with garlic-shaped mouth. Covered all over with pale cobalt blue glaze. Base and inside of mouth covered with clear blue toned glaze.

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

    Porcelain cup covered with dense brown-black glaze, white inside and on base. Traces of gilt floral decoration around the exterior.

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

    Porcelain dish with flaring sides. Covered with bright yellow opaque glaze. Plain white base with inscription. Pair with B541.

    • 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 B539.

    • 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 pale turquoise glaze. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic
    • Production date: 1912-1949
  • 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 B532.

    • 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 B525.

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

    Soft Jun stoneware 'meiping' vase with wide shoulders and everted mouth, and body tapering to a low foot. The vase has a brown body and thick sky blue glaze with fine, even crackle stained dark grey, with pinkish-red patches at the shoulder...

    • Object type: meiping
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 16thC-19thC
    • Production place: China
  • vase

    Porcelain vase of ovoid shape. Decorated in overglaze enamels and gold, with three butterflies and cherry spray. There is a mark on the base.

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1900-1911
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • brush-washer

    Brush-washer in the form of a whole lychee attached to a half lychee with applied leaves. Pierced openwork on the top of the lychee with rectangular panel at the centre with pierced characters. Raised dots on the sides of both lychees....

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1573-1620
    • 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 C517.

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

    Porcelain vase with squat globular body and wide short neck. Covered outside with copper-red glaze fading to white at rim. Inside and base covered with plain white glaze.

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

    Porcelain bowl with wide flaring mouth. Covered inside and outside with crackled copper-red glaze fading to greenish-white at the mouth rim. Base covered with crackled clear glaze slightly stained with green.

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

    Porcelain saucer dish. Covered with crackled copper-red glaze mottled with dull pink, white at foot and 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
  • dish

    Porcelain saucer dish. Covered inside and outside with copper-red glaze, which has been ground down at the rim to expose white body. Clear porcelain glaze on base, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain vase with depressed globular body. Covered with crackled grey Guan type glaze, over which a green enamel glaze applied. Plain porcelain glaze inside neck. Unglazed base covered with black slip.

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

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with figurative scene of geese flying, perching and swimming beside a riverbank with reeds and stones. Parallel lines around rim and foot.

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

    Porcelain vase of double-gourd form. Covered with light brown glaze. Base and mouth covered in white glaze.

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

    Porcelain vase of archaic bronze ku form with wide trumpet mouth. Covered with crazed turquoise glaze. Entire outside surface covered with moulded design of leaf-like forms, derived from archaic bronze. Base unglazed. Pair with B589.

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

    Porcelain dish. Covered with dark reddish-purple glaze derived from manganese. Incised design of the Eight Emblems of Buddhism round the exterior. There is an inscription on the base. Pair with B585.

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

    Globular porcelain vase with long tubular neck. Covered with mottled turquoise and blue matt glaze.

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

    Globular porcelain brush-washer with inturned rim and three small feet. Covered inside and outside with dull blue glaze.

    • Object type: brush-washer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic
    • Production date: 1912-1949
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Two porcelain cups with almost rectangular mouth rim created by four neatly-cut flutes. Covered in transparent yellow glaze applied directly to the biscuit. Incised dragon on each side outside and flaming pearl inside on the bottom. Base...

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

    Two porcelain cups with two side handles. Covered inside and outside with pale yellow glaze and incised with dragons among clouds on the exterior. White glaze on base, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain dish. Covered front and back with pale lemon yellow glaze. Impressed design in centre of five-clawed dragon among clouds, with two five clawed dragons among clouds on the back. Bluish-white glaze on base, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain bowl with copper bound rim. Covered in deep blue glaze and incised on inside with five-clawed dragons among clouds with a pearl in the centre. Deep brown slip on foot ring and base.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1644-1662
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Covered in pale yellow glaze with incised design of dragons pursuing pearls. Thin, roughly-applied high-fired glaze on base, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain stemmed bowl. Covered outside with yellow glaze and incised design of lotus sprays supporting the Eight Emblems of Buddhism. Inside bowl and stem covered in plain white high-fired glaze. Inscription inside foot.

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

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

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

    Porcelain brush-rest and water-pot in form of finely modelled dragon among waves, with dragon forming brush-rest and wave forming the water-pot, flaming pearl and lingzhi on either side of wave, and fish, crab and crayfish inside. The...

    • Object type: water-pot; brush-rest
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1700-1900
  • cup

    Porcelain cup of conical shape. The cup has a white body. There are phoenixes among clouds in slip anhua on the exterior. Pair with A491.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic
    • Production date: 1911-1949
  • cup

    Porcelain cup with deep sides. The cup has a white body. There are two panels of key fret framing 'taotie' masks against key fret background incised on thte exterior. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain tea-bowl. Covered outside with bright pinkish-red rose enamel glaze. Plain porcelain glaze on inside. Inscription on white base. Pair with C520.

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

    Porcelain tea-bowl. Covered outside with bright pinkish-red rose enamel glaze. Plain porcelain glaze on inside. Inscription on white base. Pair with C521.

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

    Porcelain saucer dish. Covered inside and outside with slightly crackled pinkish-red glaze fading to white at rim. Base covered with greyish crackled glaze with slight green staining. Foot-ring reddish brown where body exposed.

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

    Porcelain saucer dish . Covered inside and outside with pinkish copper-red glaze fading to white at rim and at edge of foot-ring. There is an inscription on the base.

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

    Porcelain saucer dish. Covered inside and outside with copper-red glaze, fading to white at rim and edge of foot-ring. There is an inscription on the base.

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

    Porcelain saucer dish. Covered inside and outside with brownish copper-red glaze, mottled to dull pink in places. Clear porcelain glaze on base, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain saucer dish. Moulded decoration on inside of two dragons round the sides and three incised clouds at the centre. Covered inside and outside with slightly crackled copper-red glaze fading to white at rim. Plain glaze on base.

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

    Porcelain stem cup. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling flowers including lotus, chrysanthemum and camellia. Band of scrolling lingzhi on stem and narrow band of detached flower heads above base. Inscription inside in double...

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

    Porcelain model of a tall garden rock with three shaped holes in various sections. Underglaze blue with numerous painted plants, trees, lingzhi fungus and rocky details.

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

    Covered porcelain ewer with teardrop-shaped body. Underglaze blue with teardrop-shaped panel on each side containing boys playing in a garden, with a donkey and a hobby horse. Flower and fruit sprays around the sides of panels. Flower...

    • Object type: ewer
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Qianlong; Ming dynasty; Jiajing
    • Production date: 1522-1566
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • lamp

    Lamp constructed of three detachable parts with saucer base, long cylindrical tube and foliated porcelain cup at the top. Underglaze blue with scrolling flowers around sides of saucer and porcelain cup. Similar flowers on shaft with two...

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

    Porcelain figure of reclining buffalo. Covered with gold enamel glaze, with eyes picked out in cream and brown. Traces of three kiln supports on underside.

    • Object type: figure
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1800-1911
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Porcelain cup with rounded sides. Covered with gold enamel glaze. Base glazed white, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain dish in form of open chrysanthemum. Covered with pale creamy-brown glaze. Base covered with plain clear glaze, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain dish with pale liver-coloured glaze stained with manganese. Incised pomegranate scroll around the exterior and inscription on base. Pair with B583.

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

    Porcelain dish with pale liver-coloured glaze stained with manganese. Incised pomegranate scroll around the exterior and inscription on base. Pair with B584.

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

    Circular porcelain brush-washer. Covered with warm copper-red glaze with slight green shading on one side. White inside, with clear pitted glaze on base and inscription.

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

    Porcelain dish. Covered front and back with pale yellow glaze. Impressed designs of five-clawed dragons among clouds in centre and flower sprays round the side. Four five-clawed dragons among clouds on the back. Bluish-white glaze on base,...

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

    Porcelain dish. Covered front and back with blue glaze. Plain white glaze on base, with inscription.

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

    Ovoid porcelain vase. Covered outside with mottled cobalt-blue glaze and inside with a transparent glaze. Base also covered with a transparent glaze.

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

    Porcelain bowl. Covered inside and outside with coffee-brown glaze. Plain bluish-white glaze on base, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain bowl, waisted slightly in the middle. Covered outside with brown speckled pale brown glaze. Plain white inside and on base, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain bowl, waisted slightly in the middle. Covered outside with brown speckled pale brown glaze. Plain white inside and on base, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain vase of meiping form. Covered with dense black glaze with vestiges of gilt decoration of lotus and chrysanthemum. White glaze inside and on base, with black glaze gathering in thick welt around base.

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

    Porcelain cup of conical shape. The cup has a white body. There are phoenixes among clouds in slip anhua on the exterior. Pair with A490.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Republic
    • Production date: 1911-1949
  • incense-burner

    Dehua porcelain incense burner in form of archaic bronze ding with three thick legs and relief-modelled elephant handles. The incense burner has a white body and cream coloured glaze. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain vase of globular form. The vase has a white body. There is a vase with flowers, three boxes, a small vase, and a single leaf in low relief on the exterior. The base, which is stepped, is partially glazed.

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

    Shallow porcelain dish. Underglaze blue with two five-clawed dragons among floral scrolls on the exterior and on inside cavetto. Five-clawed dragon among floral scrolls in a roundel on the interior. Cloud motif band on foot. There is an...

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

    Round covered box of hua shi porcelain. Underglaze blue with scene of Dragon Boat Festival on the cover with spectators in a pavilion, a pagoda and pine trees. Watery landscape on lower half with figures walking or crossing a bridge.

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

    Porcelain incense burner of metal tripod form. Covered outside with copper-red glaze fading to white on feet and clear plain glaze inside.

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

    Porcelain incense burner in form of archaic bronze ting tripod with three masked feet. Covered inside and outside with pale copper-red glaze, faded to white in places. Bottom inside and base unglazed, with inscription.

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

    Baluster-shaped porcelain vase . Covered outside with a thick, slightly crackled copper-red glaze shrinking to reveal a white rim. Inside and base covered with a transparent glaze.

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

    Porcelain bowl with steep curving sides. Covered inside and outside with crackled dark copper-red glaze. Base covered with transparent crackled glaze stained with green. Metal-bound rim.

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

    Porcelain screen panel in the shape of a five-lobed leaf. At base, minute quadruped with long curling tail. Covered with uneven, slightly crazed turquoise glaze, with purple shading on the back and on the animal's head. Three spur marks on...

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

    Circular porcelain box and cover. Covered with uneven, crazed turquoise glaze. On outside of cover, two incised dragons chasing a flaming pearl among clouds. Double border of bats and clouds. Lower part also decorated with bats and clouds,...

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

    Moulded porcelain figure of smiling Putai Hoshang seated on the ground holding a pouch in his left hand and in his right a rosary. Covered with light turquoise glaze; unglazed base has turned reddish-brown.

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

    Porcelain vase of archaic bronze ku form with wide trumpet mouth. Covered with crazed turquoise glaze. Entire outside surface covered with moulded design of leaf-like forms, derived from archaic bronze. Base unglazed. Pair with B588.

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

    Two porcelain cups with almost rectangular mouth rim created by four neatly-cut flutes. Covered in transparent yellow glaze applied directly to the biscuit. Incised dragon on each side outside and flaming pearl inside on the bottom. Base...

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

    Porcelain bowl. Covered with pale yellow enamel over thin plain high-fired glaze. There is an inscription on the base.under thin plain glaze.

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

    Deep porcelain cup. Covered except for foot ring with yellow enamel glaze over plain porcelain glaze. There is an inscription on the base.

    • Object type: cup
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1522-1566
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • cup

    Two porcelain cups with two side handles. Covered inside and outside with pale yellow glaze and incised with dragons among clouds on the exterior. White glaze on base, with inscription.

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

    Round porcelain deep box with shallow cover moulded to form lotus blossom with seed pod in centre. Covered outside with bright blue glaze. Inside and base glazed white, with inscription.

    • Object type: box
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Daoguang
    • Production date: 1840
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

    Porcelain dish. Covered with yellow enamel glaze over thin high-fired glaze. Bluish-white glaze on base, with inscription.

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

    Porcelain bowl with lobed rim in form of widely opened peony flower. Inside and outside carved and incised with overlapping petals. Covered with finely crackled brownish-yellow glaze applied directly to biscuit. There is an inscription on...

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

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

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

    Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a white body and blue-toned glaze. There is a double row of petals incised on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.

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

    Porcelain figure of seated monk or lohan, with elongated ear-lobes and an ushnisha (sign of Buddhahood) on a flat base. The figure has a white, biscuit-fired body. There is a round hole in the centre of base, and numerous firing cracks.

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

    Porcelain cup. There are two dragons chasing flaming pearls incised on the exterior. 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 hexagonal vase with bulbous body, long tapering neck and high spreading foot. There are cloud forms in underglaze cobalt blue on the foot, scroll patterns and ruyi heads in reserve on the body, scroll patterns and a chevron band...

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

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling peony flowers above band of petal panels. Four fish swimming around the interior cavetto and a single fish in water weeds in a roundel in the centre.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Ming dynasty
    • Production date: 1600-1620
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • dish

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

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

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

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

    Fine white porcelain bowl. Decorated in red, blue, green, orange and yellow enamels in a ground of yellow. Design of intertwining peony scroll around the exterior, with interior bluish-white and undecorated.

    • Object type: bowl
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1662-1722
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • One of the David Vases; altar-vase

    Large porcelain altar-vase of ancient bronze form. Two applied elephant head handles. Underglaze blue with scrolling four-clawed dragon, facing right with mouth closed, in clouds around the main part. Band of scrolling peonies, overlapping...

    • Object type: altar-vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 1351
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • teapot

    Porcelain teapot with rounded body and cover with globular knob. Fine white glassy porcelain decorated in 'Gu Yue' style in 'famille rose' palette enamels, black and brown on one side with rocks, shrubs, flowering prunus.

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

    Porcelain saucer-shaped dish. Fine white porcelain delicately painted on reverse with design of intertwining branches of blossoming prunus and mallow in 'famille rose' palette enamels and black in 'Gu Yue' style followed by poetic...

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

    Ru stoneware bottle with globular body, long neck, flaring mouthrim, and high splayed foot. The vase has a copper bound mouthrim, and thick, greyish lavender glaze with greenish tones, and a fine crackle stained grey in places.

    • Object type: bottle
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Northern Song dynasty
    • Production date: 1050-1150
    • Production place: Henan (province)
  • flask

    Bottle-shaped flask with flattened globular body and short narrow cylindrical neck with two cloud scroll handles joining neck and shoulder. The flask has a fine white body and slightly undulating 'chicken skin' glaze. There is a bird in a...

    • Object type: flask
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yongzheng; Qing dynasty
    • Production date: 1723-1735
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • One of the David Vases; altar-vase

    Large porcelain altar-vase of ancient bronze form. Two applied elephant head handles . Underglaze blue with scrolling four-clawed dragon, facing left with mouth open, in clouds around the main part. Band of scrolling peonies, overlapping...

    • Object type: altar-vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Yuan dynasty
    • Production date: 1351
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl with rounded sides and everted lip. The bowl has a white body and transparent glaze. There is an apricot tree in blossom, a willow, and a pair of swallows '(xing liu chun yen)' in 'famille rose' palette enamel on one side of...

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

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling magnolia flowers and leaves between parallel blue lines. Similar band around inside with central roundel with a stylised flower head in a double circle. There is an inscription on...

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

    Large porcelain vase of baluster form, with painted areas all carved in low relief. There are two large four-clawed red dragons rising from blue waves chasing a flaming pearl in underglaze blue, red and celadon glaze. There is an...

    • Object type: vase
    • Culture/period/dynasty: Qing dynasty; Kangxi
    • Production date: 1681-1688
    • Production place: Jingdezhen
  • bowl

    Porcelain bowl. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling baoxiang flowers around sides, above a band of stylised ruyi around foot. There is an inscription on the base.

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

    Porcelain flask of baoyueping form with two cloud-shaped handles attached at the sides of the neck. Underglaze blue scene of a song bird on a flowering prunus branch on one side and a peach branch on the other. Stylised flower sprays on...

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

    Porcelain figure group of Guanyin standing on the head of a dragon emerging from waves with two fish. All details illustrated in underglaze blue. Rocks and bamboo at back of figure group. Base unglazed.

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

    Bottle-shaped vase with globular body and tall cylindrical neck. The vase has a fine white body. There is a landscape scene of a mounted official looking over his shoulder as he gallops away on his horse in low relief and 'famille verte'...

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