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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1700-10 (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 powdered 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, bottle-shaped with long neck, decorated in gilding on a powdered-blue ground, round the body with four panels containing alternately a sage with a boy attendant in a mountain landscape and blossoming peony and plum. Above, swastika diaper broken by panels of peaches. On the neck plantain leaves.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1700-10 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with powder-blue glaze and gilded decoration

Marks and inscriptions

Double circle in underglaze blue


Height: 43.2 cm, Diameter: 21.3 cm

Descriptive line

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

Labels and date

Bottle with landscapes
China, Jingdezhen, 1700–10
Museum nos. C.540-1910. Salting Bequest [September 2009]


Porcelain; Cobalt oxide


Gilt; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Peony; Plum blossom; Figures; Plantain leaves; Swastikas; Landscape; Peaches


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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