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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1700-10 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with brown glaze and underglaze blue decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 7

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 major 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

Porcelain vase, of triple gourd form with hooded spreading mouth. The lower half covered with brown glaze; the upper half painted in underglaze blue with sprays of flowers and stylised floral panels.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1700-10 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with brown glaze and underglaze blue decoration


Height: 23.6 cm, Diameter: 10.4 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, porcelain with brown glaze and underglaze blue decoration, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Labels and date

Triple-gourd bottle with brown glaze
China, Jingdezhen, 1700–10
Museum no. C.954-1910. Salting Bequest [September 2009]

Production Note





Painted; Glazed; Blue and white and brown

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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