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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.19

  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware bowl with rounded sides and six-lobed mouthrim, on a small, low foot. The bowl has bluish-grey glaze with dark grey stained even crackle.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1700-1775
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 74 millimetres
    • Diameter: 196 millimetres
    • Diameter: 58 millimetres (base)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        古香
      • Inscription Transliteration

        guxiang
      • Inscription Translation

        ancient fragrance
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        純青雖覺遜官窑
        椀肖葵花意獨超
        義叶河圖宜貯水
        愛他生一有名標
        乾隆乙未御題
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Chunqing sui jue xun Guanyao
        wan xiao kuihua yi du chao
        yi ye hetu yi zhu shui
        ai ta shengyi you mingbiao
        Qianlong yiwei yuti
      • Inscription Translation

        Its colour has not quite the pure clear of guan ware. But its sunflower form is excellently designed. The bowl containing Holy Water perfectly retains the good fortune ordained for it. I adore this vessel of Shengyi, who so richly deserves his reputation.
        Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the cyclical year yiwei [AD 1775].
      • Inscription Comment

        Red palace-mark
        Poem appears in vol 29 of section IV of the Collected Works of the Qianlong Emperor entitled ‘On a Sunflower Bowl (kui hua wan) of Ge Ware’
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 19

    Lobed bowl with guan-type glaze and inscription


    In the centre of the base is a red-stained character 甲pronounced jia indicating that this piece was regarded as the finest quality. The inscription reads: 純青雖覺遜官窑, 椀肖葵花意獨超, 義叶河圖宜貯水, 愛他生一有名標。 乾隆乙 未御題 Chunqing sui jue xun Guanyao, wan xiao kuihua yi du chao, yi ye hetu yi zhu shui, ai ta shengyi you mingbiao Qianlong yiwei yuti. It has been translated as: Its colour has not quite the pure clear of guan ware. But its sunflower form is excellently designed. The bowl containing Holy Water perfectly retains the good fortune ordained for it. I adore this vessel of Shengyi, who so richly deserves his reputation. Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the cyclical year yiwei [AD 1775]. A seal at the end of the inscription reads: 古香 guxiang ‘ancient fragrance’.


    Stoneware with celadon glaze
    Guan ware 官窯
    Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省, 杭州市
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1775

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 30 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 27, pl. XXVI bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.19, no.10 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.7, no.19, pl.III bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 26-27, no.19 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case7/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'From the Imperial Collection, Peking.'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.19

Guan-type stoneware bowl with rounded sides and six-lobed mouthrim, on a small, low foot. The bowl has bluish-grey glaze with dark grey stained even crackle.

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