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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1700-10 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and glazed

  • Credit Line:

    Given by W.G. Gulland, Esq.

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 8

This bottle was produced at the kilns of Jingdezhen, in south-east China, during the early 18th century, when the fashion for Chinese porcelain was at its highest in Europe. Jingdezhen was at the time the most important ceramic centre in China, supplying both the domestic and export markets.

The type of brown glaze, developed in the mid 17th century, was called 'capucine ware' or 'Batavia brown' from the name of the major Dutch port in Indonesia. Used in combination with reserved decorations in underglaze blue and polychrome enamels, it was specifically produced for export and remained popular until the mid 18th century.

Chinese porcelain objects were used as tableware or exhibited as decorative pieces in the residences of aristocrats and wealthy people, as part of the so-called 'porcelain rooms'. One of the largest collection of Chinese porcelain known in Europe belonged to August the Strong of Saxony (d. 1733), who owned more than 21,000 pieces.

Physical description

Triple gourd-shaped porcelain vase, one of a pair, decorated on the upper half with floral sprays and insect painted in underglaze blue; the lower half is covered with a lustrous brown glaze, interrupted by three creamy-white bands.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1700-10 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and glazed


Height: 26.7 cm, Diameter: 10.8 cm

Object history note

One of a pair [230&A-1905]

Descriptive line

Porcelain vase decorated in underglaze blue and brown glaze, Jingdezhen, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Labels and date

Triple-gourd bottle with brown glaze
China, Jingdezhen, 1700–10
Museum no. C.230A-1905. Given by W.G. Gulland [September 2009]

Production Note

Register: Kangxi


Porcelain; Cobalt oxide; Glaze


Glazed; Painted; Blue and white and brown

Subjects depicted

Insect; Flowers


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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