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incense-burner

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.563

  • Description

    Porcellanous tripod of archaic bronze ding form, with cabriole legs decorated with animal masks, a flanged mouth and two 'bent ear' handles rising from the shoulder. The tripod has dull black glaze. There is a moulded band of debase taotie type round the shoulder. There is an impression on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1800-1825
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 242 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        惜陰書屋珍藏
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Xiyin shuwu zhencang
      • Inscription Translation

        Precious collection of the Cherished Time Library
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 563

    Incense burner modelled after an ancient bronze


    This incense burner is modelled after an ancient Chinese bronze vessel called a ding. It is covered with a matt iron-black glaze. The base has a moulded mark which reads 惜陰書屋珍藏 (Xiyin Shuwu zhencang 'Precious collection of the Cherished Time Library'). Cherished Time Library was the studio name of Wu Gengmei (1758-1825), alias Dengyu, native of Tongcheng, Anhui. He became a metropolitan graduate (jinshi) in 1799 and was later appointed Investigating Censor of the Shandong and Jiangxi Circuits. Like many of his predecessors Wu probably had a number of porcelains made while he was in Jiangxi.


    Porcelain with moulded decoration, transparent and matt iron-black glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about 1800–1825

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 179, pl. CLXXVIII bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.115, no.101 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.22, no.563, pl. III bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.22, no.563, pl. III bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 128-129, no.54 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc36/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson 1934 records: From the Summer Palace (Wan Shou Shan), Peking. PDF card: Imperial Collection, Peking (from the Summer Palace, Wan Shou Shan).

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.563

Porcellanous tripod of archaic bronze ding form. Dull black glaze. Cabriole legs with animal masks, flanged mouth and two 'bent ear' handles rising from the shoulder. Moulded band of debase taotie type round the shoulder. Impression on base.

Porcellanous tripod of archaic bronze ding form. Dull black glaze. Cabriole legs with animal masks, flanged mouth and two 'bent ear' handles rising from the shoulder. Moulded band of debase taotie type round the shoulder. Impression on base.

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