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  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware vase of archaic bronze hu form with a rounded body, wide neck with two tubular lugs, and a tall flaring foot. The vase has thick, opaque greenish-grey glaze with a brown stained crackle all over. There are three raised horizontal bands around the neck, with low relief scrolls between the lower two. The vase has an inscription on the base and an unglazed footrim.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1700-1800
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 265 millimetres
    • Diameter: 153 millimetres
    • Depth: 138 millimetres
    • Width: 112 millimetres (base)
    • Depth: 84 millimetres (base)
    • Width: 104 millimetres (mouth)
    • Depth: 80 millimetres (mouth)
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        修内精陶因號官
        淡青細圾滿身盤
        却無髻墾誠全壁
        為想重宣伴上闌
        且以耳雙提則便
        奚妨口一守之難
        隨時隨物堪窮理
        萬意長吟作靜觀
        乾隆庚戌清和御題
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Xiunei jingtao yin hao Guan
        danqing xiji manshen pan
        que wu ji kencheng quan bi
        wei xiang Chong Xuan ban Shang Lan
        qie yi er shuang ti ze bian
        xi fang kou yi shou zhi nan
        suishi suiwu kan qiongli
        wanyi changyin zuo jingguan
        Qianlong gengxu qinghe yuti
      • Inscription Translation

        This fine ware was made under the Xiunei(si), wence its Imperial name. The piece, covered with delicate lines of crackle, is of pale green. It is a vessel of the highest quality, like a perfect gem. And calls to mind thoughts about Chong and Xuan while at the Shang Lan. Thanks to its two ears, it is easy to carry, Nor is it difficult to gurad its ‘mouth’, Thus, for all things and at all times, a reason may be found. Inspired by quiet observation, I record my thoughts in verse. Composed by the Qianlong emperor in the fourth month of the cyclical year gengxu [AD 1790]
      • Inscription Comment

        Hobson 1934 p. 14 The poem appears in Vol 53 of section V of the Collected Works of the Qianlong emperor 集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/五集卷五十三
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        太璞
      • Inscription Transliteration

        taipu
      • Inscription Translation

        supreme simplicity
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        古香
      • Inscription Transliteration

        guxiang
      • Inscription Translation

        ancient fragrance
  • Curator's comments

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

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    Vase in archaic bronze hu form


    This vase has two tubular handles on either side of the neck. Potters painted the pure white porcelain body on the foot with a dark brown slip and covered the whole vessel with a thick opaque blue-grey guan-type glaze with faint crackle. There is an incised inscription written by the Qianlong emperor on the base inside the foot ring which reads: 修内精陶因號官, 淡青細圾滿身 盤,却無 髻墾 誠全壁, 為想重宣伴上闌, 且以耳雙提則便, 奚妨口一守之難, 隨時隨物堪窮理, 萬意長吟作靜觀, 乾隆庚戌清和御題Xiunei jingtao yin hao Guan, danqing xiji manshen pan, que wu ji kencheng quan bi, wei xiang Chong Xuan ban Shang Lan, qie yi er shuang ti ze bian, xi fang kou yi shou zhi nan, suishi suiwu kan qiongli, wanyi changyin zuo jingguan This fine ware was made under the Xiunei(si), wence its Imperial name. The piece, covered with delicate lines of crackle, is of pale green. It is a vessel of the highest quality, like a perfect gem. And calls to mind thoughts about Chong and Xuan while at the Shang Lan. Thanks to its two ears, it is easy to carry, Nor is it difficult to gurad its ‘mouth’, Thus, for all things and at all times, a reason may be found. Inspired by quiet observation, I record my thoughts in verse.Composed by the Qianlong emperor in the fourth month of the cyclical year gengxu [AD 1790]. Two seals at the end of the inscription read: 古香guxiang ‘ancient fragrance’ 太璞 taipu 'supreme simplicity'.


    Porcelain moulded and with celadon glaze and iron-brown slip, incised inscription
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about 1700–1800 or later

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 14, pl. XIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.20, no.11 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 20-21, no.8, colour p.60 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 pp 3-4, no.8, pl.II bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc50/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 stoneware vase of archaic bronze hu form with a rounded body, wide neck with two tubular lugs, and a tall flaring foot. The vase has thick, opaque greenish-grey glaze with a brown stained crackle all over. There are three raised horizontal bands around the neck, with low relief scrolls between the lower two.  The vase has an inscription on the base and an unglazed footrim.

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