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brush-pot

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.854

  • Description

    Glass brush-pot of tall cylindrical form with flat base. The brush pot is thick milky-white opaque glass. There is a group of the seven sages and two servants, where four of the sages are seated with one servant looking on holding 'lingzhi' plants, in mixed enamel on the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 10.2 centimetres
    • Diameter: 7.5 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        乾隆年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Qianlong nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qianlong reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Qianlong mark incised within a double square on the base, possibly originally filled in with blue green enamel
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 854

    Brush pot with a group of five wise men with three students.


    Jesuit missionaries residing within the Forbidden City brought with them Western technologies such as enamelling glass. The brush pot has a four-character Qianlong mark incised within a double square on the base, possibly originally filled in with blue green enamel.


    Enamelled glass
    Forbidden City, Beijing北京故宫
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong mark and period, AD 1736–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 278 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.110, no.114 (brush pot) bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.20, no.854 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.36, no.854 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1975 records: From the Ezekiel Collection. PDF card: Hippisley Collection. Ezekiel Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.854

Porcelain brush-pot of tall cylindrical form with flat base. Thick milky-white opaque glass decorated in delicate mixed enamels with a group of the seven sages and two servants; four of the sages are seated with one servant looking on holding 'lingzhi' plants.

Porcelain brush-pot of tall cylindrical form with flat base. Thick milky-white opaque glass decorated in delicate mixed enamels with a group of the seven sages and two servants; four of the sages are seated with one servant looking on holding 'lingzhi' plants.

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