Porcelain bird seed cup of depressed globular form with a small handle on one side. There is a formal floral scroll on the exterior, and gilding on the footring. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 24 millimetres
- Diameter: 48 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Qianlong nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue in a square reserved against the yellow ground on the base
Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-yellow bird feeder
Keeping pets was and still is a popular pastime in China. Caged birds were taught to talk, sing and perform tricks for entertainment. This porcelain bird feeder was made to be attached to a bird’s cage. It may have contained water or hemp seeds which, even today are still thought to make birds sing more sweetly. The base has a six-character underglaze blue Qianlong reign mark.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and yellow glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, AD 1736–1795
Porcelain bird seed cup of depressed globular form with a small handle on one side. Underglaze cobalt blue on a yellow enamel ground on exterior, plain white interior. Formal floral scroll on exterior, gilt footring. Mark in underglaze blue on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39064