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flower-pot-stand

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.39

  • Description

    Official Jun stoneware flower pot stand of elongated hexagonal form, with curved sides, flattened everted mouthrim, and six cloud-shaped feet. The stand has opalescent blue glaze on the interior, with blue glaze coloured purple with in-glaze copper pigment on exterior. The glaze has split in several places on the interior of the bowl leaving 'earthworm marks'. There is an inscription, and eighteen small spur marks, on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 59 millimetres
    • Width: 167 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        On base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Shi
      • Inscription Translation

        Ten
      • Inscription Comment

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

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

    PDF 39

    Hexagonal flower pot stand


    This flower pot stand has six faceted sides and four cloud-shaped feet. Its base has a ring of uneven spur marks and the Chinese character十 shi meaning ten incised in the base before firing. It has been suggested that the numbers refer to sizes, with one the largest and ten the smallest size, which would help to match flower pots and stands. Unlike earlier Jun wares, which are often highlighted with contrasting purple splashes, these later wares feature blue or purple opalescent glazes without splashes of contrasting colours. Furthermore in contrast to earlier Jun wares, these numbered flower vessels are shaped by moulding.


    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

    • Hobson 1934 p.62, pl. LXI(b) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 pp 12-13, no.39, pl.V bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 32-33, no.39 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case14/sh4

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

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

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.39

Official Jun stoneware flower pot stand of elongated hexagonal form, with curved sides, flattened everted mouthrim, and six cloud-shaped feet.  The stand has opalescent blue glaze inside, with blue glaze coloured purple with in-glaze copper pigment on exterior.  The glaze has split in several places inside the bowl leaving 'earthworm marks'.  There is an inscription, and eighteen small spur marks, on the base.

Official Jun stoneware flower pot stand of elongated hexagonal form, with curved sides, flattened everted mouthrim, and six cloud-shaped feet. The stand has opalescent blue glaze inside, with blue glaze coloured purple with in-glaze copper pigment on exterior. The glaze has split in several places inside the bowl leaving 'earthworm marks'. There is an inscription, and eighteen small spur marks, on the base.

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