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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)
    France (made)

  • Date:

    1700-1720 (made)
    1740-1760 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with celadon green glaze and chased ormolu mounts

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by John Jones

  • Museum number:

    820A-1882

  • Gallery location:

    Europe 1600-1815, Room 3, case CA8

The taste for mounted Chinese porcelain reached great popularity in Europe in the 1700s, when large quantities of porcelain were exported from China to be used as domestic vessels or decorative objects in European houses.

Unlike the previous century, when precious metal mounts were still applied to enhance the rarity and value of porcelain objects, at the turn of 1700 gilt bronze became the favourite medium. The rise of rococo style in France also contributed to the new fashion: lavish gilt bronze mounts with sinuous scrolls were intended to change the appearance of porcelain objects and make them fit more harmoniously with interior settings dominated by gilding and carved wall decorations.

This brushpot is covered by a delicate glaze of a pale green shade, called in Europe ‘celadon’; the gilt bronze mount is generally referred to as ormolu, an abbreviation for bronze doré d’or moulu (gilt bronze).

Physical description

Bamboo-shaped brushpot with applied bamboo branches and leaves covered with a 'celadon' green glaze; chased gilt bronze ormolu mount with scrolls and rocks.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)
France (made)

Date

1700-1720 (made)
1740-1760 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with celadon green glaze and chased ormolu mounts

Dimensions

Height: 18 cm, Height: 190 mm whole object, Width: 105 mm whole object, Depth: 105 mm whole object

Descriptive line

Vase with 'celadon' green glaze, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1700-20 with French ormolu mounts, Louis XV (1715-74)

Labels and date

Vase
1700–60

The distinctive monochrome glazes of Chinese porcelain were highly prized in France. This pale green or greyish glaze called ‘celadon’ was especially desirable. Europeans imported porcelain and lacquer from East Asia and mounted it in gilded metal. These new pieces frequently served purposes very different from their original function and were displayed in sets on mantelpieces or side tables.

Brushpot (1700–20): China (Jingdezhen); porcelain with celadon glaze
Mounts: France (Paris); gilded copper alloy
Bequeathed by John Jones
[09/12/2015]
Spill Vase, one of a pair. Celadon porcelain, pale green, imitating sections of bamboo, and with chased ormolu stand.
Chinese, with French mounting. H. 7 in, W 3 1/4 in.
Jones Bequest
820a-1882 [pre-1994]
Celadon-glazed porcelain of the reign of K'ang-hsi (1662-1722)
Ormolu mounts, period of Louis XV
820a-1882 [pre-1994]
PAIR OF BRUSH-POTS
in the form of bamboo, celadon porcelain, mounted in ormolu as vases
CHINESE; reign of K'ang Hsi (1662-1722)
The mounts FRENCH; middle of 18th century
No. 190 820&A-1882 [pre-1994]
Pair of vases
In form of sections of bamboo, with celadon glaze
French gilt bronze (ormolu) 18th century mounts
Jones Bequest
820&A-1882 [1994]

Materials

Porcelain; Bronze

Techniques

Glazed; Gilding; Chasing

Subjects depicted

Scrolls; Bamboo

Categories

Porcelain; Metalwork; Vases; Ceramics

Collection

East Asia Collection

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