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wine-ewer

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.658

  • Description

    Porcelain wine ewer, of depressed globular form, with cover. The ewer is made of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi). There are lappets, scrolls and leaf patterns in underglaze blue on the body, and stylised flowers on the spout and handle. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 millimetres
    • Diameter: 88 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        yu
      • Inscription Translation

        jade
      • Inscription Comment

        On the base the character 'yu' (jade)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 658

    Blue-and-white wine or tea pot


    This wine or tea pot has the character玉 (yu ‘jade’) on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.25, no.658, pl.II bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.35, no.658 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.658

Depressed globular wine ewer with cover of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi), decorated in underglaze blue on exterior. Lappets, scrolls and leaf patterns on body, stylised flowers on spout and handle. Mark on base.

Depressed globular wine ewer with cover of 'soft paste' porcelain (hua shi), decorated in underglaze blue on exterior. Lappets, scrolls and leaf patterns on body, stylised flowers on spout and handle. Mark on base.

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