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flower-pot-stand

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.37

  • Description

    Official Jun stoneware flower pot stand with rounded, twelve-lobed sides, flattened six-lobed rim with narrow raised band at edge, lobed base, and three cloud-shaped feet. The stand has opalescent blue coloured purple on the exterior with copper pigment. The glaze has split in several places on the interior of the bowl leaving 'earthworm marks'. There is an inscription, and twenty spur marks, on the base, which is glazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1403-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 72 millimetres
    • Diameter: 212 millimetres
    • Diameter: 125 millimetres (base)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • 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

      • Inscription Transliteration

        qi
      • Inscription Translation

        seven
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        隨安室用
      • Inscription Transliteration

        sui an shi yong
      • Inscription Translation

        For use in the Chamber of Accompanying Peace.
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 37

    Lobed flower pot stand


    This flower pot stand has six lobed sides and cloud-shaped feet. Its base has a ring of uneven spur marks and the Chinese character 七 meaning seven 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. There are other inscriptions which have been translated 'Hall of Mental Cultivation' and 'For use in the Chamber of Accompanying Peace'.


    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. 50 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 65, pl. LXIV(a) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 pp 11-12, no.37 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 31-32, no.37 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case14/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.37

Official Jun stoneware flower pot stand with rounded, twelve-lobed sides, flattened six-lobed rim with narrow raised band at edge, lobed base, and three cloud-shaped feet.  The stand has opalescent blue coloured purple on the outside with copper pigment.   The glaze has split in several places inside the bowl leaving 'earthworm marks'.  There is an inscription, and twenty spur marks,  on the base, which is glazed.

Official Jun stoneware flower pot stand with rounded, twelve-lobed sides, flattened six-lobed rim with narrow raised band at edge, lobed base, and three cloud-shaped feet. The stand has opalescent blue coloured purple on the outside with copper pigment. The glaze has split in several places inside the bowl leaving 'earthworm marks'. There is an inscription, and twenty spur marks, on the base, which is glazed.

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