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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    second quarter of 18th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and copper red

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Professor E. V. Lee

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 11, shelf 1

Physical description

Rounded, flattened 'moonflask' with scroll handles connecting neck with shoulder. Thick, square, neat, unglazed footring. With a bluish-white lustrous glaze, and painted on one side with a flaming red orb of the sun above blue waves (the sun signifying yang and the water and mists yin), and with cloud scrolls above in blue. On the other side an underglaze blue peach (signifying longevity) takes the place of the sun. Although the designs are not typical, many other features of the vase point to its being an archaising piece in early Ming style. The blue painting is stippled with dots to simulate the 'heaped and piled' effect produced by the precipitation of excess cobalt which occurs on Yuan and early Ming ceramics.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


second quarter of 18th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and copper red

Marks and inscriptions

Six-character mark of Xuande reign period in blue on the base


Height: 30 cm

Descriptive line

Moonflask, porcelain painted in underglaze blue and copper red; China (Jingdezhen), Qing dynasty, second quarter of 18th century

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

Ayers, John. "Painted and polychrome porcelains of the Ch'ing dynasty" in Chinese ceramics: (Catalogue of) The Baur Collection. Genève, (rue Munier-Romilly 8): [s.n.], 1968-1974, Vol. IV, A531.

Production Note





Blue and white and red

Subjects depicted

Sun; Cloud scrolls; Peaches


Ceramics; Porcelain; Vases


East Asia Collection

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