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Bottle

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1651-1700 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, painted in underglaze blue, with green and brown glaze

  • Museum number:

    4770-1901

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 10, shelf 3

Physical description

Pear-shaped bottle with long neck and splayed foot, the former painted with a floral spray and a grasshopper in underglaze blue, and a geometrical border below the rim. The lower part of the body is decorated with celadon glaze and a brown band. The mark Biyun Tang zhi (made for the Hall of Green Clouds) written in underglaze blue is on the base.
To paint in underglaze blue against a celadon ground is a common decorative scheme of the Kangxi period. However to have one part of the vessel painted in underglaze blue and another part covered with celadon glaze is a scheme more associated with wares made for the Middle East market. The shape is also closely related to the rose water sprinkler commonly found in Islamic countries. One explanation is that Biyun Tang was the name of the kiln that made the bottle.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)

Date

1651-1700 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, painted in underglaze blue, with green and brown glaze

Marks and inscriptions

The mark Biyun Tang zhi (made for the Hall of Green Clouds) written in underglaze blue is on the base.

Dimensions

Height: 21.5 cm, Diameter: 9.5 cm

Descriptive line

Cer, China, Qing, blue and white and BROWN

Techniques

Blue and white and brown

Subjects depicted

Floral pattern; Grasshopper

Categories

Vases; Images Online; Containers; Ceramics

Collection

East Asia Collection

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