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Sep

11

Porcelain Plate with Figure Design in Guangdong Glaze

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Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

This white glazed plate has a simple and unadorned exterior and a portrait of a European woman in a roundel. The brushwork exquisitely renders a lifelike portrait. This type of ware was produced specially for export to European. While the body of the plate was produced by the Jingdezhen kiln, the glazing and decoration were done in Guangzhou, thereby earning the name “Guangdong glaze” .

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Sep

11

Porcelain Plate with Bird and Flower Design in Guangdong Glaze

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Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

This white glazed plate has a simple and unadorned exterior with butterflies and floral decorations in underglaze cobalt blue on the interior. The bowl well bears a famille rose painting of two phoenixes playing among rocks and flowers. This exquisite example of “Guangdong glazed” ware was made specially for export and reflects European taste.

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Sep

11

Melon-shaped Ewer with Beast Design in Polychrome

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Kangxi Reign (1662-1722), Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

The teapot has a polychrome painting of an auspicious qilin unicon accompanied by flowers and rocks. The uniquely shaped teapot is enhanced by the painting’s rich colors and full composition. This work is donated by Volvo China.

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Sep

9

Famille-rose Tureen with Peacock and Peony Design

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Qianlong Reign (1736-1795), Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)

Flat symmetrical ears adorn this oval tureen. Both the tureen and the lid are decorated with a variety of auspicious objects such as rocks, peonies, branches of peaches, peacocks, and pheasant in famille-rose and gold. This tureen and the famille-rose tray with peacock and peony design are two pieces from a set of tableware. This tureen is donated by Volvo China.

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Sep

9

Blue-and-white Vase with Interlocking Peony Design

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Hongwu Reign (1368-1398), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

The vase has flared mouth rim, thin neck, plump belly, and foot ring. Vases of the type were named after a wine called Yuhuchun since they were frequently used as wine containers during the Song and Yuan dynasties (10th century- 14th century). In the Ming and Qing time, they gradually lost their practical function and were used for display. The vase exhibited here dates to the Hongwu reign. Black speckles are found where the cobalt blue pigment aggregates. The low gravity center of the vase makes it appears steady and graceful.

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Sep

8

Blue-and-white Dish with Designs of Bamboo, Rocks, and Lingzhi Fungus

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Hongwu Reign (1368-1398), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

In ancient Chinese folklore, the lingzhi fungus is associated with auspiciousness and immortality. It is a promising omen of stability, peace, and success. Bamboo stems and rocks both signify literati’s meritorious conduct and nobility of character. The large dish exhibited here is decorated in light cobalt blue. Black speckles are found where the blue pigment aggregates. The subject matter of the decoration is presented simple yet clear.

 

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Sep

8

Underglaze-red Bowl with White Interlocking Floral Designs

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Hongwu Reign (1368-1398), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

Floral pattern is seen both inside and outside this stout, large bowl. To make an underglaze-red ware, the craftsman first painted the biscuit with pigment rich in copper oxides and then applied with a layer of transparent glaze before firing at high temperatures. The beauty of this bowl lies in that the floral patterns are presented by the white part where no color pigment was applied. The chemical pigment was painted only to serve as a red background. Such technique was still rare in the Hongwu reign of the Ming dynasty.

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Sep

8

Underglaze-red Vase with Interlocking Lotus Designs

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Hongwu Reign (1368-1398), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

The vase has a flared mouth rim, a thin neck, a plump stomach, and a foot ring. Vases of this type were named after a wine called Yuhuchun since they were frequently used as wine containers during the Song and Yuan dynasties (10th century- 14th century). During the Ming and Qing dynasties (14th century-20th century), they became decorative items. The dark red color of this vase indicates an unsatisfactory atmosphere during firing.

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Sep

5

Blue-and-white Triopod Incense Burner with Wave Designs

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Yongle Reign (1403-1424), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

During the Yongle reign and the Xuande reign (1426-1435), blue-and-white porcelain wares were frequently decorated with waves and foam. Although the design conveys the wish for a long and stable ruling, it is more decorative than those painted on the porcelain wares datable to the preceding Yuan dynasty (1206-1368). The large incense burner is decorated with waves and cliffs in dark cobalt blue. Crystallized black speckles are densely distributed among the decoration, reflecting the consummate porcelain-making skill in Jingdezhen kilns at the time.

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Sep

5

Blue-and-white Octagonal Candlestick with Floral Designs

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Yongle Reign (1403-1424), Ming Dynasty (1368-1644)

This octagonal candlestick was designed after Islamic bronze ware. It consists of three parts–stick, stem, and base, looking like an upside-down cup. Considered imported from West Asia, the cobalt pigment shows different tones of blue.

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