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water-pot

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.853

  • Description

    Glass water-pot of ovoid shape with flat base and narrow neck. The water-pot is milk white opaque glass. There is a twisted pine tree, a deer, a crane standing on a rock, peonies and the 'lingzhi' plant in mixed enamels on the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1900-1930
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 60 millimetres
  • 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 and filled in with blue green enamel on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 853

    Water pot with emblems of longevity


    Jesuit missionaries residing within the Forbidden City brought with them Western technologies such as enamelling glass in the late seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. This water pot is painted with emblems of longevity including a pine tree, deer and a crane. It has an apocryphal four-character Qianlong mark incised within a double square and filled in with blue green enamel on the base.


    Enamelled glass
    Beijing 北京
    late Qing dynasty or Republican period, about AD 1900-1930

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.20, no.853 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.36, no.853 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc33/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.853

Porcelain water-pot of ovoid shape with flat base and narrow neck. Milk white opaque glass finely decorated in mixed enamels with various emblems of longevity, including a twisted pine tree, a deer, a crane standing on a rock, peonies and the 'lingzhi' plant.

Porcelain water-pot of ovoid shape with flat base and narrow neck. Milk white opaque glass finely decorated in mixed enamels with various emblems of longevity, including a twisted pine tree, a deer, a crane standing on a rock, peonies and the 'lingzhi' plant.

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