Underglaze Red Porcelain Vat

Underglaze Red Porcelain Vat
Underglaze Red Porcelain Vat
Kangxi period of the Qing Dynasty
18.5 cm in height, 22.4 cm in mouth diameter, 12 cm in bottom diameter

As the firing temperature for pigments of cobalt blue and copper red is different, the making of blue and white porcelain with underglaze red decoration began as early as the Yuan Dynasty, but didn’t succeed until the Kangxi and Yongzheng periods of the Qing Dynasty. The glaze color of this object is soft and natural with the highlights perfectly controlled.

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Landscape Blue and White Porcelain Bowl

Landscape Blue and White Porcelain Bowl
Landscape Blue and White Porcelain Bowl
Kangxi period (1662-1722) of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)
14.3 cm in height, 35 cm in mouth diameter, 16.8 cm in bottom diameter

By the 19th year of Kangxi (1680), as the Manchu people had gradually stabilized their rule over the whole country. Emperor Shengzu (Aisin Gioro Xuanye by name, 1654-1722) gave orders to reestablish the imperial kilns. China’s ceramic industry had ever since got on its feet again and further developed. On this blue and white piece, the landscape is painted in a simple but meaningful style.

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Taoist priests Lidded Jar

Taoist priests Lidded Jar
Taoist priests Lidded Jar
Chongzhen period (1628-1644) of the Ming Dynasty
27.5 cm in height, 12.8 cm in mouth diameter, 12.1 cm in bottom diameter

By the end of the Ming Dynasty, a tendency of talking in the abstract became popular among men of letters. In freehand brushwork, figures of Taoist priests are painted on the Lid and on the outer wall of this vessel featuring much thinner glaze – a characteristic distinguishing it from previous blue and white pieces of the dynasty.

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Garlic Head-shaped Vase

Garlic Head-shaped Vase
Garlic Head-shaped Vase
Wanli period (1573-1620) of the Ming Dynasty
44 cm in height

The secondarily-fired five-color glazed porcelain originated in the period of Xuande, and prevailed in the period of Wanli (reign title of Emperor Shenzong). Iron oxide red is the main pigment applied to items of this kind, which were very popular overseas especially in Japan. This garlic head-shaped vase is a royal piece made by Jingdezhen.

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Mandarin Ducks Porcelain Plate

Mandarin Ducks Porcelain Plate
Mandarin Ducks Porcelain Plate
Jiajing period of the Ming Dynasty
22.3 cm in mouth diameter

The decorative pattern of mandarin ducks sporting in water, painted with the five colors of red, yellow, blue, green and brown on this piece, had been very popular from the Yuan to the Qing Dynasty. The inscription of “Jiajing” – reign title of Emperor Shizong (Zhu Houcong by name, 1507-1567) – on the bottom of the plate proves that it’s a royal piece made by Jingdezhen.

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