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water-pot

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.546

  • Description

    Square porcelain water-pot, with spreading sides. The water-pot has yellow enamel glaze covering the exterior, the base, and a narrow rim on the interior, and a plain felspathic glaze on the rest of the interior. There are two gilded brass dragons facing each other at the rim, which is held in their jaws. There is an inscription on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 49 millimetres
    • Diameter: 102 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        涵星硯齋
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Hanxing yanzhai
      • Inscription Translation

        Hanxing Ink-stone studio
      • Inscription Comment

        On the base is inscribed 'Hanxing yanzhai' (Hanxing Ink-stone studio)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 16th-17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 546

    Water pot with gilt-bronze dragons


    This water pot demonstrates an attractive use of a monochrome yellow glaze at Jingdezhen. This colour glaze was used to decorate court porcelain for some five hundred years of the imperial era in China from AD 1403 to AD 1911. Potters fired the water pot twice, first at a porcelain temperature of around 1280 to1320 °C and then in a second, lower-temperature firing to vitrify the lead-fluxed, iron-pigmented glaze. The gilt bronze dragons hook onto the edge of the water pot and can be removed.


    Porcelain with transparent and yellow glazes and gilt-bronze dragon mounts
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about 1800–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.19, no.546 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.19, no.546 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 86-87, no.33 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc41/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: PDF 547. Sold at Sotheby's - 15th October 1968.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.546

Square porcelain water-pot, with spreading sides. Covered outside on the base and in a narrow band inside the rim with a yellow enamel glaze; plain felspathic glaze inside. Facing each other at the rim which is held in their jaws are two gilt brassy dragons. Inscription on base.

Square porcelain water-pot, with spreading sides. Covered outside on the base and in a narrow band inside the rim with a yellow enamel glaze; plain felspathic glaze inside. Facing each other at the rim which is held in their jaws are two gilt brassy dragons. Inscription on base.

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