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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1997 (dated)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Zhai, Xiaoxiang (painter)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Zhai Xiaoxiang

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 15, shelf 2

Physical description

Vase, porcelain with overglaze decoration of birds on a rock. The porcelain is a blank, bought in from a mass-producing factory at Jingdezhen. Pear-shaped body with a high, rounded foot and a tall neck with dished mouth. On one side is painted a pair of male and female pheasants on a rock, with bamboo and butterflies, in black, brown, white, yellow, green, blue and red enamels.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1997 (dated)


Zhai, Xiaoxiang (painter)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels

Marks and inscriptions

On the reverse a dedicatory inscription to the V&A

On the base is prefired underglaze blue inscription in sealscript reading: 'made in the Qianlong reign (1736-1975) of the Qing dynasty'. Over the reignmark Zhai Xiaoxiang has added his own signature in overglaze red enamel


Height: 26.5 cm, Diameter: 7.0 cm mouth, Diameter: 7.0 cm foot

Object history note

The vase was painted as a display piece when Zhai Xiaoxiang, a noted porcelain painter from Jingdezhen, was demonstrating porcelain decoration on Peter Wain's stand at the Olympia Antiques Fair in February 1997. The event is commemorated in Mr. Zhai's handwritten inscription on the reverse side of the vase, done in black with two of the painter's seals in red at the end.

Had a padded silk box.

Descriptive line

Vase, porcelain with overglaze decoration of birds on a rock. On the reverse a dedicatory inscription to the V&A, painted by Zhia Xiaoxiang, China (Jingdezhen), dated 1997.




Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Pheasants; Rock; Butterflies; Bamboo


Ceramics; Porcelain; Vases


East Asia Collection

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