Vase, porcelain with plum tree and insect painted in white over a pale blue glaze, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795)
Porcelain vase, baluster form with broad neck, flared mouth and high spreading foot. Painted with a plum tree and an insect in white over a pale blue glaze.
Raised slip decoration has a long history. One of its key developments occurred when French potters were inspired by Chinese porcelains to invent a technique for low-relief slip decoration around 1850. Known as ‘pâte-sur-pâte’ (literally ‘paste on paste’), it was a laborious and expensive process. A relief design was built up from thin layers of liquid clay. Details were then carved and incised, and smoothed with a brush, before glazing.
Location: Making Ceramics, room 143, case 17, shelf 3