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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:

    Salting Bequest

  • 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 flowering shrubs and rocks. The style of decoration and the elephant-head handles and rings are elements 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. Being hand-painted, minor differences between this vase and its companion (Museum no. 8516-1863) are discernible.

Chinese blue-and-white had been imported into Britain since the 16th century. Although by the 1870s these wares 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, with older pieces being 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 of Chengua (1465-87) although the vase dates from the Kangxi period


Height: 24.5 cm, Width: 10.5 cm

Object history note

Made in Jingdezhen, China, by an unidentified maker

Descriptive line

Blue and white vase

Production Note

Kangxi reign period




East Asia Collection

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