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flower-pot

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.96

  • Description

    Quadrangular Official Jun stoneware flower-pot with fluted corners, sloping sides and four cloud-shaped feet. The flower-pot has opalescent blue glaze on the interior base and lower walls, purple on the upper interior walls and rim, and a purple glazed exterior. There is an inscription and five drainage holes on the base, which is glazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1368-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 149 millimetres
    • Width: 205 millimetres
    • Width: 99 millimetres (base)
    • Depth: 136 millimetres (base)
    • Width: 205 millimetres (mouth)
    • Depth: 165 millimetres (mouth)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ten
      • Inscription Comment

        The numeral shi (ten) impressed on base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Jin-Yuan 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 96

    Rectangular flower pot


    This rectangular numbered Jun flower pot has four cloud-shaped feet. It is very rare for both the pot and matching stand (PDF 97) to survive and both are inscribed 十 shi, meaning ten, on the base. Song Xu 宋詡 was the first scholar to mention Jun wares in AD1504 in《宋氏家規部》 (Song shi jia guibu ‘ Song family customs’). Later Ming writers mention Jun wares frequently in the literature of connoisseurship. Interestingly, however, unlike Song wares they are not described as items from another era in these works, suggesting perhaps that they were not antiques when the texts were compiled.


    Stoneware body covered in blue and purple glazes with olive-green on base Numbered or Official Jun ware官鈞窯
    Juntai, Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣, 鈞台
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1368–1435

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 49 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 79, pl. LXXVIII (set with no.97) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.25, no.96, pl.XII (set with no.97) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.50, no.96 (set with no.97) bibliographic details
  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

    2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: 50 years that changed China' PROMISED

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.96

Hexagonal Jun stoneware flower-pot with six cloud-shaped feet. Grey-brown body covered in sky blue glaze inside and purple glaze with blue-grey suffusions outside and on rim. Earth worm marks on the outside where the glaze has split. Seven holes in the base, and seventeen small spur marks visible. Chinese numeral, qi (seven), has also been impressed into base. Pair with A10.

Hexagonal Jun stoneware flower-pot with six cloud-shaped feet. Grey-brown body covered in sky blue glaze inside and purple glaze with blue-grey suffusions outside and on rim. Earth worm marks on the outside where the glaze has split. Seven holes in the base, and seventeen small spur marks visible. Chinese numeral, qi (seven), has also been impressed into base. Pair with A10.

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