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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.42

  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware vase with bulbous body tapering to long cylindrical neck. The vase has a grey body and thick, translucent blue-grey glaze with two layers of crackle, one stained dark grey, the other ginger. Where exposed in firing, the body is dark brown. There is an incised inscription on the base, which is glazed. The edge of the foot is unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1700-1766
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 204 millimetres
    • Diameter: 121 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        敆姬茄袋品原崇
        古式渾疑商鑄銅
        近代宣成非不美
        惜如文體遞精工
        乾隆丙戌夏御题
      • Inscription Transliteration

        He ji jiadai pin yuan chong
        gushi hunyi Shang zhutong
        jindai Xuan Cheng fei bumei
        xi ru wenti di jinggong
        Qianlong bingxu xia yuti
      • Inscription Translation

        A beautiful woman believes she may look even more elegant with some small adornment, human nature wishes to enhance beauty. This simple but powerful vase in the style of an ancient bronze vessel of the Shang has immeasurable elegance. It was not the case that the more recent wares of Xuan[de] and Cheng[hua] were not beautiful enough. More is the pity that their perfection was spoiled by an excess of exquisite decoration.
        Composed by the Qianlong emperor in the Summer of the cyclical year bingxu [AD 1766]
      • Inscription Comment

        This is found in: 集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/三集卷五十八
        Same inscription on PDF A37
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        會心不遠
      • Inscription Transliteration

        huixin buyuan
      • Inscription Translation

        understanding is not far away
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A42

    Vase with guan-type celadon glaze


    This vase combines an eighteenth century shape with the glaze of Song dynasty guan wares, recreated on a porcelain body. This combination of an interest in the antique and a desire to experiment and create something new is a fundamental part of Chinese culture. The base has an incised and gilded inscription which reads: 敆姬茄袋品原崇, 古式渾疑商鑄銅, 近代宣成非不美, 惜如文體遞精工乾隆丙戌夏御题He ji jiadai pin yuan chong, gushi hunyi Shang zhutong, jindai Xuan Cheng fei bumei, xi ru wenti di jinggong Qianlong bingxu xia yuti 'A beautiful woman believes she may look even more elegant with some small adornment, human nature wishes to enhance beauty. This simple but powerful vase in the style of an ancient bronze vessel of the Shang has immeasurable elegance. It was not the case that the more recent wares of Xuan[de] and Cheng[hua] were not beautiful enough. More is the pity that their perfection was spoiled by an excess of exquisite decoration. Composed by the Qianlong emperor in the Summer of the cyclical year bingxu [AD 1766].' The seal placed at the end of the inscription reads: 會心不遠 (huixin buyuan 'understanding is not far away').


    Porcelain with crackled celadon glaze and incised and gilded inscription
    Guan-type ware
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1766Room 95 label text:

    PDF A42

    Vase with guan-type celadon glaze


    This vase combines an eighteenth century shape with the glaze of Song dynasty guan wares, recreated on a porcelain body. This combination of an interest in the antique and a desire to experiment and create something new is a fundamental part of Chinese culture. The base has an incised and gilded inscription which reads: 敆姬茄袋品原崇, 古式渾疑商鑄銅, 近代宣成非不美, 惜如文體遞精工
    乾隆丙戌夏御题
    He ji jiadai pin yuan chong, gushi hunyi Shang zhutong, jindai Xuan Cheng fei bumei, xi ru wenti di jinggong
    Qianlong bingxu xia yuti
    A beautiful woman believes she may look even more elegant with some small adornment, human nature wishes to enhance beauty. This simple but powerful vase in the style of an ancient bronze vessel of the Shang has immeasurable elegance. It was not the case that the more recent wares of Xuan[de] and Cheng[hua] were not beautiful enough. More is the pity that their perfection was spoiled by an excess of exquisite decoration.
    Composed by the Qianlong emperor in the Summer of the cyclical year bingxu [AD 1766]

    Porcelain with crackled celadon glaze and incised and gilded inscription
    Guan-type ware
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 263 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.26, no.17 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.34, no.A42 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 62-63, no.A42 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc49/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.42

Guan-type vase with bulbous body tapering to long cylindrical neck. Grey stoneware body covered in thick, translucent blue-grey glaze with two layers of crackle, one stained dark grey, the other ginger. Base glazed and edge of foot unglazed. Where exposed in firing, body dark brown. Incised inscription on base.

Guan-type vase with bulbous body tapering to long cylindrical neck. Grey stoneware body covered in thick, translucent blue-grey glaze with two layers of crackle, one stained dark grey, the other ginger. Base glazed and edge of foot unglazed. Where exposed in firing, body dark brown. Incised inscription on base.

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