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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    about 1700 (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 5, shelf 3

This vase is actually the base of a water pipe, imitating a form found in glass or metal ware. The shape is based on a Mughal or Indo-Islamic pipe, which is round, these sometimes sat on a separate ring for added stability. The base would have been fitted with metal parts to hold burning charcoal or tobacco and a long metal pipe. The cafe-au-lait or lustrous brown glaze is also often associated with Indo-Islamic markets.

Physical description

Porcelain vase with bulbous body, flanged neck and a cup-shaped mouth. The body has four medallions reserved in white on a brown ground, each containing stylised floral and foliage painted in underglaze blue. Round the shoulder and inside the mouth, a band of diaper pattern in blue and white. Base unglazed.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


about 1700 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with brown glaze and underglaze blue decoration


Height: 16.3 cm, Diameter: 11 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, porcelain with brown glaze and underglaze blue decoration, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, about 1700

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.108, pl.155

Labels and date

Chinese water pipe
China, Jingdezhen, about 1700
C.959-1910, Salting Bequest [2009]


Porcelain; Cobalt oxide


Painted; Glazed; Blue and white and brown

Subjects depicted

Flower (stylised); Foliation (pattern)


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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