Origin: Jingdezhen Kilns, China
Dating: 1700-1722 (Qing Dynasty, Kangxi period)
Dimensions (cm): 46 x Ø 28,5
Inv. no.: PD0170
One of two baluster shaped pots with a dome-shaped fitting lid and a seated lion shaped knob. It is of a heavy white porcelain. On the exterior – resorting to the “blown blue” technique over a colourless, shiny and regular glaze in the entire surface – one may see traces of gold decoration. Even though they are faded, pavilions and pagodas are visible. On one side, these Oriental motifs are set in a mountainous landscape and, on the other, they are framed by leafy trees. On the shoulder and on the lid there are friezes of leafs and flower scrolls. On the dome, there are traces of a full landscape decoration.
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.