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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1662-1722 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Mr W. G. Gulland

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 10, shelf 4

Physical description

Vase of porcelain, painted in underglaze cobalt blue. Slim baluster shape, with waisted neck. On the neck, two sprays of flowers. Below, a garden scene with four ladies and sixteen children. The chief items in the scene are: (1) four boys playing blind-man's buff; (2) a lady seated on a bench reading to three boys who sit at a table with their books open in front of them; another lady stands behind the teacher; (3) a lady standing under a tree holding a fly-brush and surrounded by three boys holding sprays of leaves; (4) five boys under a tree, one of whom has climbed on a table and is gathering flowers or berries; (5) behind this tree stands the fourth lady, with a small boy appearing behind her. In the foreground, round the base of the vase, are rocks, a garden fence and a seat; above clouds and the sun.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1662-1722 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue

Marks and inscriptions

'da ming Xuande nian zhi' in underglaze blue
Made in the Xuande period of the great Ming dynasty


Height: 43.8 cm, Diameter: 17.8 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, porcelain painted in underglaze cobalt blue; China (Jingdezhen), Qing dynasty, with Xuande mark

Production Note





Blue and white

Subjects depicted

Gardens; Figures


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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