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Vase

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1662-1722 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain, painted in underglaze cobalt blue

  • Museum number:

    CIRC.362-1931

  • 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 Victorian 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)

Date

1662-1722 (made)

Artist/maker

Unknown

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain, painted in underglaze cobalt blue

Dimensions

Height: 16 cm, Width: 9 cm

Object history note

Made in Jingdezhen, China, by an unidentified maker

Descriptive line

Blue and white vase

Production Note

Kangxi reign period

Categories

Ceramics; Vases

Collection

East Asia Collection

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