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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.108

  • Description

    Ding stoneware bowl, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. Two phoenixes among peony scrolls, bordered by a key-fret, with a central flower motif on the interior. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 12thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 52 millimetres
    • Diameter: 180 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base/inside foot
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        簇粉堆花雙鳳蕤
        色堆殷尚樸無奇
        侵尋朱氏宣成代
        遂有精描五采施
        乾隆丁酉春御題
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Cufen duihua shuangfeng rui
        sedui yinshang pu wu qi
        qinxun Zhu shi Xuan Cheng dai
        sui you jingmiao wucai shi
        Qianlong dingyou chun yuti
      • Inscription Translation

        Amid accumulated pollen and massed flowers the two phoenixes droop their wings. The colour is confined to that prized by the Yin dynasty, simple and unadorned. It is not till we come down to the Zhu dynasty and Xuan[de] and Cheng[hua] that we get elaborate painting and employment of five colours. Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the Spring of the dingyou year [AD 1777]
      • Inscription Comment

        Hobson 1934 The poem appears in Vol 86 of section IV of the Collected Works of the Qianlong Emperor and is entitled ‘On a bowl (wan) of Ding ware’ . It is dated in the cyclical year ren yin AD 1782
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        太璞
      • Inscription Transliteration

        taipu
      • Inscription Translation

        supreme simplicity
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 12thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 108

    Bowl with copper–bound mouth rim


    There is an inscription by the Qianlong emperor inside the foot which reads:簇粉堆花雙鳳蕤, 色堆殷尚樸 無奇, 侵尋朱氏宣成代, 遂有精描五采施, 乾隆丁酉春御題 [Cufen duihua shuangfeng rui, sedui yinshang pu wu qi, qinxun Zhu shi Xuan Cheng dai, sui you jingmiao wucai shi Qianlong dingyou chun yuti 'Amid accumulated pollen and massed flowers the two phoenixes droop their wings. The colour is confined to that prized by the Yin dynasty, simple and unadorned. It is not till we come down to the Zhu dynasty and Xuan[de] and Cheng[hua] that we get elaborate painting and employment of five colours. Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the Spring of the dingyou year [AD 1777]']. A seal at the end of the inscription reads: 太璞 (taipu ‘supreme treasure’).


    Stoneware with incised decoration, transparent glaze and copper rim mount
    Ding ware 定窯
    Quyang county, Hebei province 河北省,曲陽縣
    Northern Song or Jin dynasty, about AD 1100–1200

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 8 and p. 305 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 85, pl. LXXXIV bibliographic details
    • Medley 1980 p.19, no.44, pl. VI bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.34, no.25 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.41, no.24 bibliographic details
    • Hobson & Hetherington 1923 pl. XLV bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc10/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson and A.L. Hetherington 1923 records it as in possession of " Mr. P. David"

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.108

Ding stoneware bowl, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. Two phoenixes among peony scrolls, bordered by a key-fret, with a central flower motif on the interior. Inscription on base.

Ding stoneware bowl, with copper-bound mouth rim. Creamy white. Two phoenixes among peony scrolls, bordered by a key-fret, with a central flower motif on the interior. Inscription on base.

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