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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 WS, shelf FS

Object Type
This vase is made of fine porcelain painted in underglaze blue with alternating floral, figure and landscape designs contained within bands of petal-shaped panels. To a Victorian audience in search of the exotic, this style of decoration would have appealed as the epitome of 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.

The Grove, Harborne, near Birmingham, was commissioned by William Kenrick (1831-1919). An inventory drawn up in 1911 shows that the anteroom was decorated with a large collection of ceramics, including Wedgwood, Spode, Worcester, art pottery and Chinese blue and white. Although this vase does not come from The Grove, it is of a type that would have been included in Kenrick's collection.

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: an artemesia leaf

Object history note

Made in Jingdezhen, China, by an unidentified maker

Production Note

Kangxi reign period


Ceramics; Vases


East Asia Collection

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