Vase with a design of phoenixes


Artist Jingdezhen ware
Period China,late Yuan - early Ming dynasty, 14th century
Materials and techniques Porcelain with underglaze red
Size H.38.9 MD.6.0 D.21.2 BD.14.9


Underglaze red porcelain which, along with the blue and white, was produced in great quantities in the Jingdezhen kilns during the Yuan period, is characterized by designs in red that seem to float against the white background. This effect was created by painting motifs in copper red directly on the white porcelain clay body, which was then covered in a transparent glaze and fired at a high temperature in a reducing atmosphere. This is a well-fired example from the Yuan period, decorated in three horizontal bands with various auspicious motifs including peony scrolls, chrysanthemum scrolls, ruyi lappets, clouds and cranes, and phoenixes.

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