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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1750-1800 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Credit Line:

    Bequeathed by Henry L. Florence

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

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

This vase is made of fine porcelain painted in underglaze blue with a design of lotus flowers and foliage. The style of decoration and the dragon handles are particularly associated with the 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)


1750-1800 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, painted in underglaze cobalt blue


Height: 26 cm, Width: 14 cm

Object history note

Made in Jingdezhen, China, by an unidentified maker

Descriptive line

Blue and white vase

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain; Vases


East Asia Collection

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