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Vase with base

Vase with base

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglazed blue

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 10, shelf 8 []

The shape and decoration of this tulip vase were probably taken from an original model designed by the Dutch Adriaen Kocks, who owned the Grieksche A factory in Delft, active between 1686 and 1701. The vase was specially commissioned to the porcelain factories of Jingdezhen in southern China by European traders or their clients. Special private orders often included objects with shapes and design copied by European models and drawings, which were brought to China as reference material.

Physical description

Porcelain tulip vase in the form of a square pyramidal vase divided in three parts; the upper two thirds are detachable. Each of the three sections has tubular orifices at the four corners; the pyramidal vase has four feet alternated to models of birds, and stands on a high square socle with four feet. The surface of the socle is painted in underglaze blue with cupids on a paved terrace or winged cupids among flower sprays; flower, birds, and scrolls decorate the rest of the vase.

Place of Origin

China (made)


ca. 1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglazed blue


Height: 36 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain vase for tulips painted in underglaze blue from a Delft model, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1700

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

Clunas, Craig (ed.). Chinese Export Art and Design. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987, p. 60, fig. 40.

Labels and date

About 1700
Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue
Museum no. FE.3&A-1979
清早期 代爾夫特式鬱金香花瓶 [23/02/2016]
Vase for tulips
Porcelain with decoration in underglaze blue
Probably copied from a design by Adriaen Kocks, who owned the Grieksche A Delft factory 1686-1701
About 1700
Height 36 cm [1987]





Subjects depicted

Floral scrolls


Porcelain; Ceramics; Household objects


East Asia Collection

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