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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.539

  • Description

    Porcelain rectangular table screen. The table screen has yellow enamel over a felspathic glaze. There is a cock with cockscomb and other plants in relief on the screen, and a seal impression on lower left hand corner.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1735-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 236 millimetres
    • Width: 156 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        In the lower left
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        壺隱道人
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Huyin Dao ren
      • Inscription Translation

        The hermit hidden with a teapot - the literary name of the potter Wu Wei, who was active in the Wanli period, 1573-1620
      • Inscription Comment

        In the lower left is an impressed seal mark 'Huyin Dao ren' (the hermit hidden with a teapot - the literary name of the potter Wu Wei, who was active in the Wanli period, 1573-1620)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 539

    Plaque with yellow glaze


    This high-quality plaque is carved in relief to show a cockerel beneath a cockscomb plant. This design is a visual pun meaning 'may you have repeated promotions' or 'may you advance smoothly in officialdom' (官上加官). The rooster's comb and the fan-like cluster of flowers are rebuses for the word 'official'. The plaque has a four-character seal mark in the bottom left hand corner which reads 壹隱道人 (yi yin dao ren ‘One Daoist recluse’).


    Porcelain with relief decoration, transparent and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1735–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Colour pl. 87 and p. 316 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 43, no. 37 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.18, no.539 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.69, no.39 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.95, no.96 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 112-113, no.46 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 pp 17-18, no.539 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case41/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.539

Rectangular porcelain table screen. Yellow enamel over a felspathic glaze. Cock with cockscomb and other plants in relief. Seal impression on lower left hand corner.

Rectangular porcelain table screen. Yellow enamel over a felspathic glaze. Cock with cockscomb and other plants in relief. Seal impression on lower left hand corner.

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