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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1662-1722 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    British Galleries, Room 125, Grove Room, case WS, shelf FS

This vase is made of fine porcelain painted in underglaze blue with a design of flowers and foliage. The decoration is not a naturalistic depiction of a particular species of flower, but would have appealed to a 19th-century audience interested in the exotic East. Commonly known as 'Chinese blue-and-white', vases like this were used to decorate the interiors of many British homes in the 19th century.

Chinese blue-and-white had been imported into Britain since the 16th century. Although by the 1870s they were no longer rarity items, they continued to feature prominently in interior design. Rooms were filled with blue-and-white porcelain of different shapes and sizes to create a sumptuous effect. Older pieces were displayed alongside newer products.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1662-1722 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, painted in underglaze cobalt blue

Marks and inscriptions

Mark in blue on the base resembling a 'G'.


Height: 20.5 cm, Width: 12 cm

Object history note

Made in Jingdezhen, China, by an unidentified maker

Descriptive line

Bottle. One of a pair

Production Note

Kangxi reign period


Ceramics; Vases


East Asia Collection

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