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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1700-10 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with powder-blue glaze and painted in underglaze blue

  • Museum number:

    275A-1886

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 7

Porcelain objects with a dark blue glaze 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 bottle, one of a pair, with bulbous form and long narrow neck. Powder-blue ground with reserved panels, lobed, fruit-shaped or fan-shape, painted with fabolous beasts among waves, rabbits, crayfish and flowers in underglaze blue.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)

Date

1700-10 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with powder-blue glaze and painted in underglaze blue

Dimensions

Height: 43.2 cm, Diameter: 21 cm

Object history note

Bought from Orrock Collection at 126 pounds 10 shillings for the pair. [275&A-1886]

Descriptive line

Porcelain bottle with powder-blue glaze and painted in underglaze blue, Jingdezhen, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign (1662-1722)

Labels and date

Bottle vases with mythical beasts
China, Jingdezhen, 1700–10
Chinese potters created ‘powder blue’
grounds by spraying cobalt on the pot
before painting and glazing it.
Museum no. 275&A-1886 [September 2009]

Materials

Porcelain; Cobalt oxide

Techniques

Painted; Glazed; Blue and white

Subjects depicted

Monsters; Flowers; Rabbit; Crayfish

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

East Asia Collection

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