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bird-feeder

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.732

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 24 millimetres
    • Diameter: 48 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清乾隆年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Qianlong nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty, Qianlong reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Qianlong seal mark in underglaze blue in a square reserved against the yellow ground on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:

    PDF 732

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Feng 2006 p.28, no.732 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.48, no.39 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.54, no.185 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.94, no.104 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.732

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.

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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