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On display at V&A South Kensington
Ceramics, Room 145

Vase

about 1700 (made)
Artist/Maker
Place Of Origin

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.


object details
Categories
Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Porcelain with brown glaze and underglaze blue decoration
Brief Description
Vase, porcelain with brown glaze and underglaze blue decoration, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, about 1700
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.
Dimensions
  • Height: 16.3cm
  • Diameter: 11cm
Style
Gallery Label
Chinese water pipe China, Jingdezhen, about 1700 C.959-1910, Salting Bequest(2009)
Credit line
Salting Bequest
Subjects depicted
Summary
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.
Bibliographic Reference
Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.108, pl.155
Other Number
Loan no. 140
Collection
Accession Number
C.959-1910

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record createdDecember 19, 2008
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