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Guan-type stoneware vase of archaic bronze fang hu form with tubular handles at the neck and a slightly flaring foot. The vase has thick opaque grey glaze with wide, irregular crackle. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 355 millimetres
- Width: 225 millimetres
- Depth: 170 millimetres
- Width: 165 millimetres (base)
- Depth: 129 millimetres (base)
- Width: 139 millimetres (mouth)
- Depth: 101 millimetres (mouth)
Inscription TransliterationGuanyao ming shi Song nandu
hou yuan zhi fang Zheng He gu
Chengzhang tiju wei yu yong
chenshu fugan guo er gu
ji jin liubai youyu zai
chenxing yi er you huo yu
yu cong shimiao gong ren wan
shui cheng dangnian fa jin'gu
buchi si yi kan kaitan
ji shi Yin Zhou xiangjian chu
Qianlong dingyou yuti
Inscription TranslationGuan ware first gained renown when the Song court moved to the South. The ‘Ware of the Rear Garden’ was modelled on the earlier ware of Zheng He.
(Shao) Chengzhang directed its manufacture solely for Imperial use, and neither ministers nor common people dared to pass or gaze upon them. More than six hundred years have passed since that time, yet one or two Guan ware vessels, as rare as stars at dawn, may still be found. Who knows if the laws of former years survive today? Alas, how sad that this should be their plight – A reflection of the fate of the House of Yin in the Zhou dynasty. Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the Spring of the cyclical year dingyou (AD 1777)
Inscription CommentThis is found in: 集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/四集卷四十一
Inscription Transliterationde chongfu
Inscription TranslationThe sign of fullness of power
Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:
Hu-shaped vase with guan-type celadon glaze
The Yongzheng emperor is known for his fascination with antiques. He had a fabulous collection of Chinese bronzes, jades, ceramics, painting and calligraphies and decorative art objects. This vase combines the shape of an ancient bronze with the glaze of Song dynasty guan wares, recreated on a porcelain body. This combination of an interest in the antique and a desire to experiment and create something new is a fundamental part of Chinese culture. The base has an incised and gilded inscription which reads: 官窑名始宋南渡, 後苑製放政和故, 成章提擧惟御用, 臣庶弗敢過而顧, 即今六百有餘載, 晨星一二猶或遇, 鬻從市廟供人玩, 誰誠當年法令固, 不啻斯矣堪慨歎, 即是殷周相鑒處 乾隆丁酉春御題 [Guanyao ming shi Song nandu, hou yuan zhi fang Zheng He gu, Cheng zhang tiju wei yu yong, chenshu fugan guo er gu, ji jin liubai youyu zai, chenxing yi er you huo yu, yu cong shimiao gong ren wan, shui cheng dangnian faling gu, buchi si yi kan kaitan, ji shi Yin Zhou xiangjian chu
Qianlong dingyou yuti 'Guan ware first gained renown when the Song court moved to the South. The ‘Ware of the Rear Garden’ was modelled on the earlier ware of Zheng He. (Shao) Chengzhang directed its manufacture solely for Imperial use, and neither ministers nor common people dared to pass or gaze upon them. More than six hundred years have passed since that time, yet one or two Guan ware vessels, as rare as stars at dawn, may still be found. Who knows if the laws of former years survive today? Alas, how sad that this should be their plight – A reflection of the fate of the House of Yin in the Zhou dynasty. This is a rhyming stanza of ten seven-character lines. Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the fourth month of the cyclical year dingyou [AD 1777]. A seal at the end of inscription reads: 德充符 (de chongfu ‘The sign of fullness of power’).
Porcelain with celadon glaze and irregular crackle and incised and gilded inscription
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng period, AD 1723–1735
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'From the Imperial Collection, Peking.'
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Object reference number: RRC38424
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