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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.37

  • Description

    Guan-type stoneware 'arrow vase' with bulbous body and long cylindrical neck with two vertical tubular handles. The vase has a grey body covered in thick blue-grey glaze with wide crackle stained dark brown. Where exposed in firing, the body is dark reddish-brown. There is an incised inscription on the base. The base is glazed and the foot rim unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC-19thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 200 millimetres
    • Diameter: 122 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 bingxu year [AD 1766]
      • Inscription Comment

        Identical inscription to PDF A42 Pierson and Barnes 2002, p. 29

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

        seal
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        德充符
      • Inscription Transliteration

        dechong fu
      • Inscription Translation

        The sign of fullness of power
      • Inscription Comment

        carved in relief (陽文yang wen)
      • 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 A37

    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].' Two seals at the end of the inscription read: 德充符 (dechong fu 'The sign of fullness of power') and 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, AD 1700–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.29, no.20 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 p.61, no.A37 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 pp 32-33, no.A37, pl.XIV bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case49/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.37

Guan-type 'arrow vase' with bulbous body and long cylindrical neck with two vertical tubular handles. Grey stoneware body covered in thick blue-grey glaze with wide crackle stained dark brown. Base glazed and foot rim unglazed. Where exposed in firing, body dark reddish-brown. Incised inscription on base.

Guan-type 'arrow vase' with bulbous body and long cylindrical neck with two vertical tubular handles. Grey stoneware body covered in thick blue-grey glaze with wide crackle stained dark brown. Base glazed and foot rim unglazed. Where exposed in firing, body dark reddish-brown. Incised inscription on base.

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