Vase

18th century (made)
Image of Gallery in South Kensington
On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

This vase was one of the V&A's early purchases of Chinese art, entering the Museum in 1853. Not only is it beautifully potted but the decoration of floral design is done in the 'doucai' style. This involved drawing the outline first in blue and then painstakingly filling the space within the outline with coloured enamels. The Museum paid a modest sum for this piece, which indicates that high-quality Chinese porcelains were readily available at that time.


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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels
Brief Description
Vase, porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels, China (Jingdezhen), Qing dynasty, 18th century
Physical Description
Vase of porcelain, painted with phoenix birds and peonies.
Dimensions
  • Height: 45.7cm
  • Weight: 4.490kg
Styles
Subject depicted
Summary
This vase was one of the V&A's early purchases of Chinese art, entering the Museum in 1853. Not only is it beautifully potted but the decoration of floral design is done in the 'doucai' style. This involved drawing the outline first in blue and then painstakingly filling the space within the outline with coloured enamels. The Museum paid a modest sum for this piece, which indicates that high-quality Chinese porcelains were readily available at that time.
Collection
Accession Number
3022-1853

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record createdSeptember 15, 2005
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