Guan stoneware dish with sloping sides and six-lobed rim. The dish has a dark grey body covered with translucent greyish-blue glaze with fine crackle, stained brown in areas, and a rim bound with copper alloy at a later date. Where exposed, the body has turned reddish-brown in firing. There is an incised inscription on the base. The base and the foot are glazed and the foot rim unglazed.
- Made in: Hangzhou
- (Asia,China,Zhejiang (province),Hangzhou)
- Height: 50 millimetres
- Diameter: 195 millimetres
- Diameter: 64 millimetres (base)
- Weight: 0.3 kilograms
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationTiezu bingwen huoqi juan
koufen liu chu ti gui yuan
jiao yu ping jia you duojian
huazhe cui he puzhe jian
Qianlong bingshen xia yuti
Inscription TranslationIt has an iron foot and a crackled ice pattern from its high firing. Its rim is six-petalled like a sunflower, and its body round. This form is not so rare as vases and cups. Objects of beauty are fragile, but those with simple strength endure.
Composed by Qianlong in the summer of the bingshen year [AD 1776] and written by the emperor.
Inscription CommentSame inscription found in 集部/別集類/清代/御製詩集/四集卷八十九
Inscription Translationsupreme simplicity
Inscription Commentcarved in intaglio (陰文 yinwen)
Inscription Translationancient fragrance
Inscription Commentcarved in relief ( 陽文 yang wen)
Published PDF date : Southern Song 12th-13thCRoom 95 label text:
Guan ware dish with inscription on the base
The incised inscription on the base reads: 鐡足冰紋火氣蠲, 口分六出體規圓, 較於瓶斝猶多見, 華者脆和樸者堅 乾隆丙申夏御題 Tiezu bingwen huoqi juan, koufen liu chu ti gui yuan, jiao yu ping jia you duojian, huazhe cui he puzhe jian
Qianlong bingshen xia yuti It has been translated as: It has an iron foot and a crackled ice pattern from its high firing. Its rim is six-petalled like a sunflower, and its body round. This form is not so rare as vases and cups. Objects of beauty are fragile, but those with simple strength endure. Composed by Qianlong in the summer of the bingshen year [AD 1776] and written by the emperor.
The seal at the end of the inscription reads 古香 (guxiang ‘ancient fragrance’).
Stoneware with celadon glaze
Guan ware 官窯
Hangzhou, Zhejiang province 浙江省，杭州市
Southern Song dynasty, about AD 1127–1279
Guan ware dish with sloping sides and six-lobed rim. Dark grey stoneware body covered with translucent greyish-blue glaze with fine crackle, stained brown in areas. Rim bound with copper alloy band at a later date. Base and foot glazed and foot rim unglazed. Where exposed, body has turned reddish-brown in firing. Incised inscription on base.
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