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Blue-and-white Snuff Bottle with Mythic Fungus Design

This snuff bottle is hexagonal in shape. It has a trumpet mouth, a contracted neck, slip shoulders, a swelling belly and a ring foot. On the body there decorated with mythic fungus designs.

Blue-and-white Snuff Bottle with Mythic Fungus Design 

 
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Yong Zheng period in Qing Dynasty (1723-1735)


Height 5cm


This snuff bottle is hexagonal in shape. It has a trumpet mouth, a contracted neck, slip shoulders, a swelling belly and a ring foot. On the body there decorated with mythic fungus designs. On the bottom there are triple rows of blue-and-white characters in regular script: "Made in the year of Yong Zheng of Qing Dynasty". A snuff bottle is a container of the snuff. It was originally created in Kang Xi period in Qing Dynasty. Its feature is having a small mouth but a swelling belly. Its lid links a tiny spoon, used for stretching something from the bottle.




 
 

Ding-kiln White-glazed Bowl with Engraved Lotus Petal Pattern

The porcelain production of Ding Kiln in Jin Dynasty was as successful as it was in Northern Song Dynasty. This bowl is no less elaborate than those from Song Dynasty.

Ding-kiln White-glazed Bowl with Engraved Lotus Petal Pattern 

 
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Jin Dynasty (1115~1234 AD)


Height: 6.9 cm, Rim Diameter: 18.4 cm, Bottom Diameter: 10 cm


Unearthed from the tomb of Shi Zongbi in Tongzhou, Beijing.


The porcelain production of Ding Kiln in Jin Dynasty was as successful as it was in Northern Song Dynasty. This bowl is no less elaborate than those from Song Dynasty.




 
 

Blue-and-white Zun with Dragon Among Clouds Pattern

This zun (a beaker-shaped rectangular vessel, with flaring lip) has a trumpet mouth, contracted neck, swelling body tapering downwards, and ring foot everting outwards.

Blue-and-white Zun with Dragon Among Clouds Pattern 

 
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Yong Zheng period in Qing Dynasty (1723-1735)


Height with lid 57cm , interor diameter 19.8cm


This zun (a beaker-shaped rectangular vessel, with flaring lip) has a trumpet mouth, contracted neck, swelling body tapering downwards, and ring foot everting outwards. Under the mouth there decorated with the design of the sea and S-shaped clouds. Two flying dragons, forceful and powerful, with heads and tails chasing each other were depicted around the body. On the bottom there are double rows of blue-and-white characters "Made in the year of Yong Zheng of Qing Dynasty" in regular script. Its shape is beautiful and stable, the painting is delicate, the design is vivid and natural, and it is fine and white.




 
 

Gangwa-kiln White-glazed Prunus Vase with Engraved Floral Design Against Black Background

The prunus vase, also called Jing vase, was wine container that first appeared and became prevalent in Northern Song Dynasty, and was also very common in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties.

Gangwa-kiln White-glazed Prunus Vase with Engraved Floral Design Against Black Background 

 
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Liao Dynasty (907~1125 AD)


Height: 42.2 cm, Rim Diameter: 7.3 cm


Gangwa Kiln, located at Gangwayao Village in Chifeng City in present Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, was one of the important porcelain kilns within the territory of Liao Dynasty.


The prunus vase, also called Jing vase, was wine container that first appeared and became prevalent in Northern Song Dynasty, and was also very common in Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. In Qing Dynasty, they were usually used as furnishing article or as flower vases. It has a small mouth, a slender neck, a broad shoulder and a contracted belly. The tiny mouth could only hold plum branches, therefore its name.



 
 

Jingdezhen-kiln Red-glazed Plate with Stamped Dragon Pattern

This plate, adorned with a veiled pattern of two dragons chasing each other on its wall and three cloud patterns at its bottom, is among the masterpieces of its kind.

Jingdezhen-kiln Red-glazed Plate with Stamped Dragon Pattern 

 
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Height: 3.3 cm, Rim Diameter: 16 cm


Red-glazed porcelain was one of new products developed by Jingdezhen Kiln in Yuan Dynasty. This plate, adorned with a veiled pattern of two dragons chasing each other on its wall and three cloud patterns at its bottom, is among the masterpieces of its kind.



 
 

Large Blue-and-white Brush Pot with Design of Human Figures

This brush pot has a straight mouth and a round flat bottom. drama-story pictures were depicted around the body, with rocks, flowers and trees in between.

Large Blue-and-white Brush Pot with Design of Human Figures 

 
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Kang Xi period in Qing Dynasty (1662-1722)


Height with lid 22cm, diameter of mouth 19.4cm, diameter of bottom 18.3cm


This brush pot has a straight mouth and a round flat bottom. drama-story pictures were depicted around the body, with rocks, flowers and trees in between. Its body is delicate, the glaze is crystal and white, the blue-and-white color appears pure and bright. It is a typical object in mid-Kang Xi period. The pictures were painted in the technique of layers painting, and the figures were painted in slightly wavy strokes. It is in clear multiple levels, with thin and powerful lines, and the figures are vivid and natural.



 
 

Blue-and-white Plate with Design of Kylin

This plate has a wide open mouth, an arc-shaped belly, ring-foot, and slightly concave on the exterior bottom.

Blue-and-white Plate with Design of Kylin 

 
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Kang Xi period in Qing Dynasty (1662-1722)


Height (with lid) 8.9cm, diameter of mouth 35.8cm, diameter of bottom 18.5cm


This plate has a wide open mouth, an arc-shaped belly, ring-foot, and slightly concave on the exterior bottom. On the center of the plate there craved kylin (Chinese unicorn), with rocks, plantain and clouds in the background. The mouth edge was glazed in a circle of deep brown. There is a double-ring blue-and-white script in seal characters on the bottom. The colour is thick and concentrated; the glaze reveals blue-white. It is shapely and unadorned. The kylin is an ancient legendary auspicious animal, which has a deer body, , a single horn and a bull’s tail. It has scales on the whole body, which indicates auspiciousness. The kylin is one of the ancient "four spirits" ( kylin, , phoenix, turtle and dragon). The design of kylin as a porcelain decorative theme started in Jingdezhen Yao in Yuan Dynasty. This plate has the picture of kylin indicating good wishes.




 
 

Blue-and-white Baoyue Bottle with Wheel Patterns

This bottle imitates Arabic metal vessels in shape and design, with its belly bearing wheel patterns unique to Arabic regions.

Blue-and-white Baoyue Bottle with Wheel Patterns 

 
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The reign of Yongle in Ming Dynasty (1403~1424 AD)


Height: 32 cm


In the reign of Yongle, the flourishing overseas trade and increasing communication with West Asia led to appearance of exotic style porcelain, which are imitations of Arabic metal or pottery works; featuring irregular geometric patterns and continuous plant patterns characteristic of West Asian decoration.


This bottle imitates Arabic metal vessels in shape and design, with its belly bearing wheel patterns unique to Arabic regions. Other types of porcelain imitations of Arabic vessels made by the imperial kiln at Jingdezhen include watering pots, water droppers, platters, large oval pots and basins with folded rims, demonstrating cultural exchanges between China and West Asia in Ming Dynasty.