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PD0299

Pot
Author: Unknown
Origin: Jingdezhen Kilns, China
Dating: c.1730 (Qing Dynasty, Qianlong period)
Material: Porcelain
Dimensions (cm): 63,2 x Ø 37,3
Inv. no.: PD0299

Baluster-shaped pot with a dome-shaped fitting lid and a seated lion shaped knob. It is of porcelain, decorated with the “blown blue” technique and in gold – which traces remain on the “cracked-ice” pattern punctuated with peony corolla.

Over the blue, three large sections stand out on the shoulder. The sections are identical and carefully painted in several enamels shades from the Famille Rose palette, with a strong presence of pink, green and yellow.

Two multi-coloured pheasants may be seen on the blue boulders. Pheasants are one of the “Twelve Symbols of the Emperor”, signifying Imperial authority, the Kingdom of Birds and they are also good luck tokens.

The “blown blue” technique consists in blowing powdered cobalt blue pigment through a bamboo cane – wrapped at the end in gauze – over the raw surface of an object. This produces cloudy blue shades, built by overlapping adhered particles, which may present a variable spectrum of blue shades – from the deepest sapphire to the faint greyish blue.

“Blown blue” porcelain pieces may be decorated with tracings in gold over the glaze or with white sections, by overlaying a cardboard on the object before the pigment is applied.

Objeto museológico (PDB)