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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.459

  • Description

    Porcelain water-pot in the form of a central flower surrounded by leafy branches with 'lingzhi' fungus and persimmons growing on them. The water-pot has creamy glaze.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 62 millimetres
    • Width: 135 millimetres
    • Depth: 60 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
  • Curator's comments

    Room 95 label text:

    PDF 459

    Water pot in the form of a flower


    This water pot is naturalistically modelled in the form of a magnolia flower surrounded by leafy branches and fruit. On the base is a four character Qianlong seal mark in underglaze cobalt blue.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark and transparent glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, AD 1736–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.95, no.82 (and base) (a flower, branches, persimmon and fungus) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc41/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.459

Porcelain water-pot in the form of a central flower surrounded by leafy branches with 'lingzhi' fungus and persimmons growing on them. The water-pot has creamy glaze.

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