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  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1662-1722 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, decorated in enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 136, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 3, shelf 5

Many of the ceramic wares produced during the Qing dynasty (1644-1911) were destined for export to the West. Many of these export items were decorated either in underglaze blue and or were enamelled over the glaze. The latter type of ware was subdivided in 1862 by the French writer Jacquemart into three 'families': famille verte, famille rose and famille noire depending on the dominant colour. Famille noire was particularly appreciated by western collectors, and very high prices were paid for black glazed vases, like this example. Many of these wares were counterfeits produced to meet the excessive demand, until tastes changed and this type of porcelain ware declined in popularity.

Physical description

This black glazed vase is of the famille noire type of Qing dynasty ceramics. Flowers are the primary subject, vividly standing out against the black background.

Place of Origin

China (made)


1662-1722 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, decorated in enamels


Height: 46 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain vase, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign (1662-1722)

Subjects depicted

Insects; Birds; Flowers


Porcelain; Ceramics; Vases


East Asia Collection

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