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image of Vase in the Form of a Carp, Mounted as an Ewer Chinese Qing Dynasty (artist)
Vase in the Form of a Carp, Mounted as an Ewer, Yongzheng period, 1723/1735 (vase); c. 1730/1755 (mounts)
porcelain with blue celadon glaze, in gilt-bronze mount
Overall (without mount): 21.7 x 6.1 x 10.8 cm (8 9/16 x 2 3/8 x 4 1/4 in.) overall (with mount): 31.1 x 10.3 x 17.3 cm (12 1/4 x 4 1/16 x 6 13/16 in.)
Widener Collection
1942.9.443
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From the Tour: Chinese Porcelains
Object 24 of 24

Conservation Notes

The condition of both the porcelain and the gilt bronze mount is excellent. Examination by x-ray fluorescence spectroscopy in 1985 detected no cobalt in the glaze, 1 but iron was found, suggesting that it is a celadon glaze.2

1. NGA conservation report submitted by Barbara Berrie, dated 6 August 1985.
2. Tichane 1978, 6769, states that the absence of titanium in the glaze produces the green ferrous colorant in blue celadon glazes.

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