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Porcelain bottle with a pear-shaped body and slender neck swelling into a six lobed bulb below the lip. The bottle has a fine white body. There are rocks, rose peonies, birds and bamboo in 'Gu Yue' style mixed enamel on the body, and a poetical inscription on the neck. Pair with PDF 867.
- 1736-1795 (?)
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 94 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn neck
Inscription Content佳麗 長春'
Inscription TransliterationBeautiful; prolonged spring
Inscription CommentFour-character Qianlong mark in blue enamel on the base. Seals read jiali (beautiful) and changchun (prolonged spring).
Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-95Room 95 label text:
Bottle with a poem
This miniature bottle has a four-character Qianlong mark in blue enamel on the base. Seals read 佳麗 jiali (beautiful) and長春changchun (prolonged spring). Potters at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen made the porcelain but painters decorated them in the Imperial Palace, Beijing, and fired them for a second time at a lower temperature. Formerly scholars called this type of top quality porcelains painted in the palace古月軒器 (Guyuexuan qi ‘Pavilion of the Ancient Moon wares’). Although the guyue seal appears on many pieces, these are now known as琺瑯彩(falangcai ‘foreign colours’) wares as the colours are believed to have been introduced to China through foreign Jesuits some of whom worked in the Forbidden City.
Porcelain with falangcai-type enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Qianlong blue enamel mark and period, AD 1736–1795
R. L. Hobson 1934 records: From the Reginald Cory Collection. PDF card: Reginald Cory Collection.
Porcelain bottle with a pear-shaped body and slender neck swelling into a six lobed bulb below the lip. Fine white porcelain delicately painted in mixed enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with a design of rocks, rose peonies, birds and bamboo. Poetical inscription on the neck. Pair with PDF 868.
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Object reference number: RRC39199
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