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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1710 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with powder-blue glaze painted in iron red and gold

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.1347-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 8

Porcelain objects with a dark blue glaze and decoration in coral-red enamel and gold were amongst the most popular items produced at the Jingdezhen kilns in south-east China for export. This type of glaze was called chuiqing or 'blown blue' in China, and known as bleu soufflé or fouetté in Europe. The name derives from the particular technique required to apply the glaze on the surface: the powdered cobalt was blown through a bamboo cane that had a fine gauze at one of the extremities.

Objects with powder-blue glaze were produced since the late 17th century, and by the early 18th century fine gilded decorations of flowers, landscapes and symbolic motifs were added on the surface. They were particularly favoured in the Middle East but also widely exported in Europe, where they were used as tableware in the residences of aristocrats and wealthy people, or exhibited on the walls and in the niches of the so-called 'porcelain rooms'.

Physical description

Porcelain rouleau vase with straight neck and cupped mouth, decorated with a powder-blue glaze and painted round the sides in coral-red enamel with four carps leaping or descending, and surrounded by a gilded decoration of waves and water plants. A border of cartouches with symbolic motifs round the shoulders and floral scrolls with landscapes in reserves on the neck.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)

Date

1700-1710 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with powder-blue glaze painted in iron red and gold

Dimensions

Height: 48 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain rouleau vase with powder-blue glaze and gilded decoration, Jingdezhen, China, Qing dynasty, kangxi reign (1662-1722)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose Chinese Ceramics. Porcelain of the Qing Dynasty 1644-1911. London: V&A Publications, 1998, p. 102, no.80

Labels and date

Cylindrical vase with enamelled and
gilded carp
China, Jingdezhen, 1700–10
Museum nos. C.1347-1910, Salting Bequest [September 2009]

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Glazed; Gilded; Painted

Subjects depicted

Landscapes; Fish; Plants; Scrolls

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

East Asia Collection

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