Pair of porcelain tea-bowl with copper-red glaze, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1765)


Pair of porcelain tea-bowls with copper-red glaze, Yongzheng mark and period (1723-1765), Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province. Height: 4 cm; Diameter: 7,3 cm. On loan from Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, PDF C517 & PDF C518. © The Trustees of the British Museum

The skills used to create these extraordinary red glazes were lost in China from the mid-fifteenth century until they were rediscovered in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. The glaze has ‘crept’ at the rim of the bowl to reveal the pure whiteness of the porcelain body. On the base it carries an underglaze blue Yongzheng mark.

Previous owner/ex-collection Hon Mountstuart William Elphinstone

Bibliography: Medley 1973 p.62, no.C518
Scott 1989 p.63, no.C518