Room 7

中國陶瓷 - 清代景德鎮窯

Case 38

Turquoise, blue and “iron rust” glazed ware 松石綠釉、藍釉與鉄綉花釉瓷器

Porcelain from the Jingdezhen kilns 景德鎮窯, Jiangxi Province 江西省, Qing dynasty 清代 (1644-1911).

Turquoise glaze appears to have been invented in the reign of Yongzheng 雍正 (1723-1735). This colour is reminiscent of the ceramics produced in the Muslim world. It was used both on everyday objects, such as tableware, and in architectural features like decorative tiles. The monochrome “iron rust” effect is achieved by using iron- and manganese-based crystalline glazes.

  1. Turquoise glazed bowl with incised peony design 松石綠釉牡丹紋大碗

    Mark of Chenghua 成化 (1465-1487), 18th c.

  2. Archaic gu-shaped “iron rust” vase 鐵鏽花釉觚

    Probably reign of Qianlong 乾隆 (1736-1795)


    The “iron rust” glaze appears to be an innovation of the Yongzheng period 雍正 (1723-1735).
  3. Pear-shaped bottle with deep blue glaze 深藍釉瓶

    Mark of Xuande 宣德 (1425-1435), probably reign of Yongzheng 雍正 (1723-1735)

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    According to the imperial records, this colour was made by order in imitation of a shade produced in the reign of Xuande 宣德 (1425-1435).

  4. Globular jar with “iron rust” glaze 鐵鏽花釉罐

    Reign of Qianlong 乾隆 (1736-1795)

  5. Turquoise glazed water pot with aquatic motifs 松石綠釉蓮花與慈姑紋小水盂

    End of Qing dynasty, probably 19th or 20th century


    This elegant piece was designed for a scholar’s desk, reminding him through a rebus concealed in the decoration to remain incorruptible and generous.
  6. Pear-shaped bottle with purple glaze 紫釉瓶

    Mark and reign of Qianlong 乾隆 (1736-1795)

  7. Two-handled pilgrim flask with turquoise glaze 松石綠釉葫蘆形瓶

    Qing dynasty, 19th c.

  8. Vase with “peacock feather” glaze 孔雀釉瓶

    Probably reign of Daoguang 道光 (1821-1850)


    The mark 愛日樓制 “made at the Sun-loving Pavilion” is incised on the base.
  9. Miniature turquoise-glazed vase with floral scroll design 松石綠釉草紋小瓶

    Probably reign of Qianlong 乾隆 (1736-1795)

  10. Jue-shaped libation cup with purple glaze 紫釉爵

    Mark and reign of Qianlong 乾隆 (1736-1795)


    This piece reproduces an archaic shape and is a symbol of rank.
  11. Purple-glazed bowl 紫釉碗

    Mark and reign of Kangxi 康熙 (1662-1722)


    The addition of the Kangxi reign mark on finely-made bowls and dishes bearing this rich purple glaze suggests that they were made for court use.

  12. Pair of dishes with deep aubergine glaze and auspicious motifs 茄紫釉八吉祥紋小盤一對

    Mark and reign of Yongzheng 雍正 (1723-1735)

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    An official document dated 1729 mentions similar small dishes as forming part of the imperial tableware.

  13. Dish with incised dragon design and blue glaze 藍釉刻花龍紋盤

    Mark and reign of Shunzhi 順治 (1644-1661)


    Dishes with dragon decorations of this kind, dating from the first reign of the Qing dynasty, were undoubtedly designed for court use.
  14. Large bowl with yellowish-brown glaze 褐釉大碗

    Qing dynasty, middle of 17th c.


    The colour of the glaze has been likened to that of a Chinese sauce in which sesame oil and mustard are mixed together.
  15. Brush washer with deep blue glaze 深藍釉筆洗

    Mark and reign of Kangxi 康熙 (1662-1722)


    The rim is unglazed and has probably been cut down.