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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.867

  • Description

    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 868.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795 (?)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 94 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        On neck
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        佳麗 長春'
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Beautiful; prolonged spring
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Qianlong mark in blue enamel on the base. Seals read jiali (beautiful) and changchun (prolonged spring).
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-95Room 95 label text:

    PDF 867

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 270 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p. 174, pl. CLXXIII(a) bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.23, no.867, pl. VII bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.39, no.867, illus p.18 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.87, no.74, (pair with 868) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L.. Hobson 1934 records: From the Reginald Cory Collection. PDF card: Reginald Cory Collection

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.867

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.

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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