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flower-pot-stand

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.38

  • Description

    Official Jun stoneware flower pot stand of elongated quatrefoil shape, with flattened rim with narrow raised band at edge, lobed sides, and four cloud-shaped feet. The stand has blue glaze coloured purple with in-glaze copper pigment. There is an inscription, and eleven small spur marks, on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 51 millimetres
    • Width: 170 millimetres
    • Depth: 136 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        jiu
      • Inscription Translation

        nine
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        養心殿
      • Inscription Transliteration

        yang xin dian
      • Inscription Translation

        Hall of Mental Cultivation
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        明 窓用
      • Inscription Transliteration

        ming chuang yong
      • Inscription Translation

        For use in the Study of Illumination..
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Northern Song or Jin dynasty 13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 38

    Lobed flower pot stand


    The base of this flower pot stand has eleven small spur marks and the character 九 (jiu ‘nine’) incised before firing and two further inscriptions inscribed later. The inscriptions read 養心殿 (Yangxin Dian ‘Hall of Mental Cultivation’) and 明 窓 (窗) 用 (Mingchuang yong ‘For use in the Study of Illumination’). These inscriptions were most likely engraved in the early eighteenth century and indicate where the flower pot stand was then used then. The ‘Hall of Mental Cultivation’ was where both the Yongzheng (AD1723–35) and Qianlong (AD 1736–95) Emperors resided within the Forbidden City.


    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(a) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.12, no.38, pl.IV bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.32, no.38 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case52-7

  • Exhibition history

    Exhibited:

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

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the McKinnon Wood Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.38


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