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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1736-1795 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with painted decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 143, The Timothy Sainsbury Gallery, case 17, shelf 3

Raised slip decoration has a long history. One of its key developments occurred when French potters were inspired by Chinese porcelains to invent a technique for low-relief slip decoration around 1850. Known as ‘pâte-sur-pâte’ (literally ‘paste on paste’), it was a laborious and expensive process. A relief design was built up from thin layers of liquid clay. Details were then carved and incised, and smoothed with a brush, before glazing.

Physical description

Porcelain vase, baluster form with broad neck, flared mouth and high spreading foot. Painted with a plum tree and an insect in white over a pale blue glaze.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1736-1795 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with painted decoration


Height: 23.5 cm, Diameter: 13.3 cm

Descriptive line

Vase, porcelain with plum tree and insect painted in white over a pale blue glaze, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Ayers, John. Far Eastern Ceramics in the Victoria and Albert Museum. London: Sotheby Parke Bernet, in association with the Victoria and Albert Museum, 1980, plate 200.




Glazed; Painted

Subjects depicted

Prunus tree


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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