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  • Description

    Guan-type porcelain octagonal bowl with high, flaring sides, bracket lobed rim, and a low straight footrim. The bowl has greenish-grey glaze with a narrow, irregular crackle stained brownish red. The mouthrim is dark brown. The bowl has an inscription on the base and an unglazed footrim.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1800-1900 (inscription 1776)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 83 millimetres
    • Diameter: 176 millimetres
    • Diameter: 85 millimetres (base)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        承漿小盂謂之盌古惟用木因從木越器始乃出中唐椎輪其製猶淳樸均窰剏宋脩内司黛質氷紋潤如玉方缾圓碟時或見完全斯椀看誠獨八稜分瓣如菱花底圓鐵色為
        之足細銅箝口具深意饕餮寓戒恣貪欲尋常飲食未可用那許腥葷汚清穆宜盛明水取方諸遥酹柴桑以黄菊 乾隆丙申仲春月下澣御題
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Cheng jiang xiao yu wei zhi wan gu wei yong mu yin cong mu Yue qi shi nai chu zhong Tang zhui lun qi zhi you shun pu Jun yao chuang Song Xiuneisi dai zhi bing wen run ru yu fang ping yuan die shi huo jian wan quan si wan kan cheng du ba ling fen ban ru linghua di yuan tie se wei zhi zu xi tong qian kou ju shen yi taotie yu jie zi tan yu xun chang yin shi wei ke yong na xu xing hun wu qing mu yi cheng ming shui qu fang zhu yao zhuo luo chai sang yi huang ju Qianlong bingshen zhong chun yue xia huan yu ti.
      • Inscription Translation

        A small broth-holding yu (bowl) is termed a wan (bowl). And since ancient times it was made of wood, its radical is mu. Yue ware first appears in the mid-Tang dynasty. Its manufacture was then as crude as the ‘spokeless wheel’. Jun wares were first made in Song Times at the Xiuneisi, black in body, crackled like ice, unctuous as jade.Vases of square form and rounded plates are found from time to time, but a bowl as perfect as this is peerless and stands alone.Eight lobed and divided into petals like a water chestnut flower.It has a rounded base and a foot that is coloured like iron. Its mouth, ringed with fine copper, is a circumstance of deep import, For, in the taotie there dwells a warning against lust and greed.Let not the lowly garlic nor strong-smelling meats offend chastity and charm. Nor use it for the food and drink of every day. But rather let it hold the pure water drawn from the fang chu. For libations to far Ch’ai-sang and its yellow chrysanthemums. Composed by the Qianlong emperor within the last ten days of the second spring month of the cyclical year bingshen (AD1776). Two seals read 乾 qian and 隆 long (Qianlong).
      • Inscription Comment

        Hobson 193, p. 20 translation of Qianlong inscription. The song appears in Vol 35 of section IV of the Collected works of the Qianlong Emperor and is entitled ‘Song on a Bowl of Jun ware’.集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/四集卷三十五
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 12

    Bowl with guan-type glaze and inscription


    This bowl has a white high-fired porcelain body and is covered with a celadon guan-type glaze. Outside it has a Qianlong-style inscription. 承漿小盂謂之盌古惟用木因從木越器始乃出中唐椎輪其製猶淳樸均窰剏宋脩内司黛質氷紋潤如玉方缾圓碟時或見完全斯椀看誠獨八稜分瓣如菱花底圓鐵色為之足細銅箝口具深意饕餮寓戒恣貪欲尋常飲食未可用那許腥葷汚清穆宜盛明水取方諸遥酹柴桑以黄菊 乾隆丙申仲春月下澣御題 This has been translated by Robert L. Hobson in 1934: 'A small broth-holding yu is termed a wan. And since ancient times it was made of wood, its radical is mu. Yue ware first appears in middle Tang. Its make was then as crude as the ‘spokeless wheel’. Jun wares were first made in Song times at the Xiunei si. Black in body, crackled like ice, unctuous as jade, Vases of square form and rounded plates are found from time to time, But a bowl as perfect as this is peerless and stands alone. Eight lobed and divided into petals like a water chestnut flower. It has a rounded base and a foot that is coloured like iron. Its mouth, ringed with fine copper, is a circumstance of deep import, For, in the taotie there dwells a warning against lust and greed.Let not the lowly garlic nor strong-smelling meats offend chastity and charm.Nor use it for the food and drink of every day.But rather let it hold the pure water drawn from the fang chu. For libations to far Ch'ai-sang and its yellow chrysanthemums. Composed by the Qianlong Emperor within the last ten days of the second spring month of the cyclical year bingshen (AD1776). Two seals 乾 Qian and 隆 Long. The poem appears in Vol 35 of section IV of the Collected works of the Qianlong Emperor.


    Porcelain with guan-type crackled glaze and brown dressed rim
    Guan-type ware
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 20, pl. XIX bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 22-23, no.12 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 pp 4-5, no.12, pl.II bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc8/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

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

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

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Guan-type porcelain octagonal bowl with high, flaring sides, bracket lobed rim, and a low straight footrim.  The bowl has greenish-grey glaze with a narrow, irregular crackle stained brownish red.  The mouthrim is dark brown.  The bowl has an inscription on the base and an unglazed footrim.

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