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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    ca. 1745-60 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze polychrome enamels, gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Basil Ionides

  • Museum number:

    C.39-1951

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 13, shelf 7

The design on this vase combines several amorous trophies and symbols of marital union in a pastoral landscape. The symbols include two doves perching on Cupid's quiver, an altar with a vase, a garland of flowers, a shepherd's pipe, a bonnet, two hounds and two crooks.

This kind of design, known as the "Valentine pattern", the "Absent Master" or the "Altar of love", was first used on a service made in 1743 for Lord George Anson (1697-1792), a British admiral who circumnavigated the globe. The pattern was probably copied from a drawing by Piercy Brett, the draughtsman of the expedition, and several variants were painted by Chinese decorators in the Canton workshops, and at the Worcester factories in England.

Physical description

Vase of porcelain, with straight, spreading sides decorated in overglaze polychrome enamels with a landscape with amorous trophies: two doves perching on Cupid's quiver, an altar with a vase, a garland of flowers, a shepherd's pipe, a bonnet, two hounds and two crooks.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)

Date

ca. 1745-60 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze polychrome enamels, gilded

Dimensions

Height: 13.21 cm, Diameter: 11.94 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, porcelain decorated with amorous trophies, China, Qing dynasty, ca. 1745-1760

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

Kerr, Rose and Luisa E. Mengoni Chinese Export Ceramics London: V&A Publishing, 2011, p.66, pl.84

Materials

Porcelain

Techniques

Painted; Glazed; Gilt

Subjects depicted

Bonnet; Hounds; Crooks; Landscape; Flowers; Scrollwork; Quiver; Altar; Doves

Categories

Porcelain; Household objects; Ceramics

Collection

East Asia Collection

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