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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    China (made)

  • Date:

    1868 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:

    C.1415-1910

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 14, shelf 4

The various vessels, animals and plants painted on this vase are from a decorative motif known as the 'hundred antiques'. On the base of the vase is the cyclical year equivalent to 1868.

This vase is one of a pair. Its companion piece is also in the V&A (Museum no. C.1416-1910).

Physical description

Hexagonal vase with a short neck and slightly flaring mouth. Against a red ground is painted in overglaze enamels the bogu motif, including the incense burner, vase with peacock feathers, scroll, furniture, bat and other objects. A band of square spirals borders both rim and foot. The interior and base are glazed turquoise, with a square reserved in white, on which is written six characters wuchen nian Liangtu ji (wuchen year, mark of Liangtu) within a double square in overglaze red.

The Song emperor Huizong (r.1101-1125) catalogued his collection of ancient bronzes, jades, paintings and ceramics in the Xuanhe Palace, which he entitled Xuanhe Bogu Tu. The term bogu was later used to describe a decorative motif depicting a mixture of vessels, paintings and ornamental objects, but sometimes animals or plants would also be included, such as the bat and lotus on the present vase.

Liangtu was probably the name of the kiln that produced this vase, though no information about that manufactory is available. The vase is one of a pair.

Place of Origin

China (made)

Date

1868 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

Marks and inscriptions

The base is glazed turquoise, with a square reserved in white, on which is written six characters wuchen nian Liangtu ji (wuchen year, mark of Liangtu) within a double square in overglaze red.

Dimensions

Height: 29.5 cm, Width: 7.6 cm, Weight: 1.42 kg

Descriptive line

Vase, one of a pair, porcelain painted in overglaze enamels, China (Jingdezhen), Qing dynasty, Tongzhi period, 1868

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Key pattern; Censers; Emblems

Categories

Vases; Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection

East Asia Collection

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