Porcelain from the Jingdezhen kilns 景德鎮窯, Jiangxi Province 江西省, Qing dynasty 清代 (1644-1911).
This wonderful shiny black glaze is obtained through the use of ferrous pigments. Invented in the reign of Kangxi 康熙 (1662-1722), this colour is called “metallic black” wujin 烏金 in Chinese. The Western term “mirror black” was introduced by Père d’Entrecolles (1664-1741), who mentions it in his correspondence.
Bowl with “mirror black” glaze 烏金釉碗
Qing dynasty, first quarter of 18th c.
Bottle with pinkish-red glaze 粉紅釉瓶
Mark and reign of Yongzheng 雍正 (1723-1735)
The glazes on these pieces bear a certain resemblance to the “peach bloom” glazes popular during the reign of Kangxi 康熙 (1662-1722).
Bottle with brownish-black glaze 烏金釉大瓶
Qing dynasty, 18th c.CB-CC-1934-389
Bottle with “mirror black” glaze 烏金釉小瓶
Qing dynasty, 19th c.CB-CC-1936-386
Bowl with pinkish-red glaze 粉紅色釉碗
Mark and reign of Yongzheng 雍正 (1723-1735)CB-CC-1936-285
Black-glazed box for vermilion seal 烏金釉盒
Qing dynasty, first quarter of 18th c. (lid), 19th c. (base)CB-CC-1931-387