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teapot

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.437

  • Description

    Porcelain teapot in form of a bamboo section. The teapot has crazed cream glaze. There is a carved and relief design of bamboo branches on one side, and an incised inscription on the other side.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 125 millimetres
    • Width: 144 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        半竹 清茗回味時. 北岩氏作
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ban zhu qing ming hui wei shi. Beiyan Shi zuo
      • Inscription Translation

        With half a bamboo [-shaped pot] of pure tea it is time to reminisce. Made by Beiyanshi.
      • Inscription Comment

        Beiyain (literally: ‘northern rock’) was the alias of Shen Xiangling, style name Fuxiuzi, a native of Renhe, Guangdong province. He lived during the Qianlong period and was renowned for his kaishu (regular script) calligraphy.
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 437

    Bamboo-shaped teapot with inscription


    This porcelain teapot is in the form of a section of bamboo with spout and handle modelled as bamboo and bamboo branches applied to one side, and an incised inscription on the other side. The knob on the cover is modelled in the form of a dragon. The inscription reads 半竹 清茗回味時. 北岩氏作 (Ban zhu qing ming hui wei shi. Beiyanshi zuo ‘With half a bamboo [-shaped pot] of pure tea it is time to reminisce. Made by Beiyanshi’.) Beiyan (literally: ‘northern rock’) was the alias of Shen Xiangling, style name Fuxiuzi, a native of Renhe, Guangdong province. He lived during the Qianlong period and was renowned for his kaishu (regular script) calligraphy.


    Underfired porcelain, applied moulded decoration, incised and with transparent glaze
    Probably Guangdong province 廣東省
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong period AD 1736–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Wilson 1998 pp 106-107, no.43 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case11/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.437

Porcelain teapot in form of a bamboo section.  The teapot has crazed cream glaze. There is a carved and relief design of bamboo branches on one side, and an incised inscription on the other side.

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