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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1680-1722 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in enamel colours

  • Credit Line:

    Salting bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 9, shelf 8

The Kangxi period (1662-1722) was a golden age for enamelled porcelain. All sorts of shapes and colours emerged from the skilful hands of potters in Jingdezhen, the porcelain city in Jiangxi province. The predominant colour of this vase is green. This inspired the French art historian Albert Jacquemart (1808-1875) to coin the term 'famille verte' (green family) to describe Chinese porcelain with such a colour scheme.

Physical description

Vase of porcelain. Square with high shoulder and swelling mouth. Green ground, painted in two other shades of green, yellow and manganese-purple with the flowers of the Four Seasons. On the shoulder lotus scrolls. On the neck, growing flowers. Base unglazed, except for an inset square containing the mark.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1680-1722 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in enamel colours

Marks and inscriptions

Underglaze blue mark 'da ming cheng hua nian zhi' on base
Made in the Chenghua period of the great Ming dynasty


Height: 46.5 cm, Width: 14 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, porcelain painted with enamels in the famille verte palette; China (Jingdezhen), Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, 1680-1722, with Chenghua mark.





Subjects depicted



Vases; Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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