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    PDF.94

  • Description

    Ge-type stoneware vase of ancient bronze form, with flattened ovoid body, flaring mouth, and two tubular handles between two bands of low relief around the shoulder. The vase has thick, opaque grey glaze with two layers of crackle, the wide crackle stained grey and the fine crackle brown. There is an inscription on the interior of the neck.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1279-1368
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 244 millimetres
    • Diameter: 173 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        inside neck
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        百圾雖粉撫則平
        處州陶實出難兄
        一般樸質稱珍重
        那誠精工宣與成
        乾隆乙巳御題
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Baiji sui fen fu ze ping
        Chuzhou tao shi chu nan xiong
        yiban puzhi cheng zhenzhong
        na cheng jinggong Xuan yu Cheng
        Qianlong yisi yuti
      • Inscription Translation

        Despite the pattern of hundreds of intermingling crackle lines, its texture is fine and smooth to the touch. This is the work of the talented Elder brother. One discovers that the value of these undecorated wares is the same as that of unpolished gems. How could one compare this and the more elaborate products of Xuan(de) and Cheng(hua)? Each has its own individual charm.
        Composed by the Qianlong emperor in the cyclical year yisi [AD 1785]
      • Inscription Comment

        This is found in: 集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/五集卷二十八 same as PDF 23
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Qianlong is written using the trigram qian and the character long
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song or Yuan 13th-14th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 94

    Vase shaped after an ancient bronze called a hu


    White and green glazed stonewares were the most important types of ceramics in China until the fourteenth century when blue-and-white wares from Jingdezhen became more popular. The Qianlong emperor (ruled AD 1736–95) admired this vase and had it incised with verses inside the neck, which he composed, on the beauty of its crackled, pale beige-green ge-type glaze. The inscription reads: 百圾雖粉撫則平, 處州陶實出難兄, 一般樸質稱珍重, 那誠精工宣與成乾隆乙巳御題Baiji sui fen fu ze ping, Chuzhou tao shi chu nan xiong, yiban puzhi cheng zhenzhong, na cheng jinggong Xuan yu Cheng
    Qianlong yisi yuti Despite the pattern of hundreds of intermingling crackle lines, its texture is fine and smooth to the touch. This is the work of the talented Elder brother. One discovers that the value of these undecorated wares is the same as that of unpolished gems. How could one compare this and the more elaborate products of Xuan(de) and Cheng(hua)? Each has its own individual charm. Composed by the Qianlong emperor in the cyclical year yisi [AD 1785]
    Two seals at the end of the inscription Qian and Long (Qianlong). Qian is written as the trigram qian.

    Stoneware with crackled pale beige-green glaze
    Ge ware 哥窯
    Zhejiang province浙江省
    Yuan dynasty, AD 1279–1368

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.24, no.15, (and inside and base) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.24, no.94, pl.XI bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p.32, pl. XXXI bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 49-50, no.94 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case2/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.94

Ge-type stoneware vase of ancient bronze form, with flattened ovoid body, flaring mouth, and two tubular handles between two bands of low relief around the shoulder. The vase has thick, opaque grey glaze with two layers of crackle, the wide crackle stained grey and the fine crackle brown. There is an inscription inside the neck.

Ge-type stoneware vase of ancient bronze form, with flattened ovoid body, flaring mouth, and two tubular handles between two bands of low relief around the shoulder. The vase has thick, opaque grey glaze with two layers of crackle, the wide crackle stained grey and the fine crackle brown. There is an inscription inside the neck.

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