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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1700-1710 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with powder-blue glaze and gilded decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 8

Porcelain objects with a dark blue glaze and gilded decoration 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 vase of double-gourd shape with long neck, decorated with a powder-blue glaze and gilded decoration, with panels of flowering plants reserved on a ground of chrysanthemum scrolls, jewelled border round the neck, and lotus petals above foot.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


ca. 1700-1710 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with powder-blue glaze and gilded decoration

Marks and inscriptions

Double circle in underglaze blue


Height: 48.3 cm, Diameter: 21.6 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain double-gourd vase with powder-blue glaze and gilded decoration, Jingdezhen, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Labels and date

Double-gourd vase
China, Jingdezhen, 1700–10
Museum no. C.528-1910. Salting Bequest [September 2009]

Production Note



Porcelain; Cobalt oxide


Gilding; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Flowers (plants); Chrysanthemum; Plantain leaves


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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