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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1662-1722 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in iron-red enamel

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by J. A. Tulk

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 13, shelf 8

Chinese porcelain, after it had been shipped to Europe, would often be painted over by European enamellers, with many enamellers based in the Netherlands or England. This piece was originally painted in China with an iron red enamel spiral design and then shipped to Europe. Another pear shaped vase is also in the V&A'S collection (museum number: C.343-1931), it bears the same spiral design but with the addition of a painted scene of a boy with a lion on a lead. The design was probably added in Delft or Amsterdam using coloured enamels or en grisaille (black enamel). After these final additions the piece would then have been refired at a lower temperature in a small muffle kiln.

Physical description

Porcelain vase, pear-shaped with a tall tapering neck, surmounted by a broad ring in the upper part, short foot ring, and glazed base, decorated in iron-red enamel with a continuous spiral band; below the rim are a ruyi border and rosettes.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1662-1722 (made)


Unknown (maker)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in iron-red enamel

Marks and inscriptions

A triple ring in underglaze blue on the base


Height: 29.2 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain vase, painted in iron-red enamel, Jingdezhen, China, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722), ca.1710-1725.

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

p.96, pl.132




Painted; Glazed

Subjects depicted

Ruyi; Rosettes


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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