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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1700-10 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mrs A. Cameron

  • Museum number:

    C.15A-1909

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 7

This miniature vase 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.

Miniature vases, produced in a great variety of shapes in China, were privately purchased by European merchants and became particularly popular between the end of the 17th century and the first half of the 18th century, when they were used as decorative items on wall brackets, in cabinets or around mirrors in the residences of aristocrats and wealthy people. 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

Porcelain vase of double gourd-shaped, painted in underglaze blue with flowering plant growing among rocks, and a band of triangle-work round the shoulder.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)

Date

1700-10 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

Dimensions

Height: 8.6 cm, Diameter: 4.1 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain miniature vase, painted in underglaze blue with flowering plant, Jingdezhen, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Labels and date

Miniature double-gourd vase
China, Jingdezhen, 1700–10
Museum no. C.15A-1909. Bequeathed by Mrs Cameron [September 2009]

Materials

Porcelain; Cobalt oxide

Techniques

Painted; Glazed; Blue and white

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Rocks; Geometric patterns

Categories

Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

East Asia Collection

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