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Pipe

  • Place of origin:

    Guangzhou (made)

  • Date:

    1800-1830 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Unknown (maker)

  • Credit Line:

    Given by Lady Evans

  • Museum number:

    C.528-1921

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

  • Public access description

    Painted enamels of this kind were commonly known in English as 'Canton enamel', after the main centre of their production in South China. They were popular export products in the 18th and 19th centuries. These copper wares were also produced in Beijing for imperial consumption. In Chinese they were referred to as 'foreign porcelain' (yangci 洋瓷).

  • Marks and inscriptions

    On stoneware stopper: W Heshun (probably a shop name)

  • Collection code

    East Asia Collection