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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.852

  • Description

    Glass bottle-shaped vase with ovoid body and tapering neck. The vase is thick semi-opaque glass. There is a rockery and flowering peonies in mixed enamels and a poetical inscription with three seals in red on the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1800-1900
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 95 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Script

        kaishu
      • Inscription Position

        on neck
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        嫩蕊包金粉 重葩結繡囊
      • Inscription Transliteration

        nen rui bao jin fen chong pa jie xiu nang
      • Inscription Translation

        the inside of the flower protects the pollen, like a silk pouch encasing fragrance
      • Inscription Comment

        绣囊 (xiu nang) is a type of embroidered pouch that hangs from the waist like a purse that was worn by women in the Qing dynasty, usually stuffed with a fragrant content. 嫩蕊 nen rui specifically refers to the pistil or stamen of the flower.
      • 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
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Script

        seal script
      • Inscription Position

        on neck
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        四時
      • Inscription Transliteration

        si shi
      • Inscription Translation

        four seasons
      • Inscription Comment

        first of two left hand seals
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Script

        seal script
      • Inscription Position

        on neck
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        bottom left
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Script

        seal script
      • Inscription Position

        on neck
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        top right
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 852

    Enamelled glass vase with flowers and a poem


    Jesuit missionaries residing within the Forbidden City brought with them European technologies such as enamelling glass. This bottle-shaped vase is made of opaque white glass decorated in mixed enamels. This vase has a four-character Qianlong mark incised within a double square and filled in with blue green enamel on the base.


    Enamelled glass
    China 中國
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1800–1900

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 175, pl. CLXXIV(c) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.110, no.114 (vase) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.35, no.852 bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 pp 19-20, no.852, pl. V bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: 'Illustrated in "Old Chinese Porcelain and Works of Art", by A. W. Bahr, Plate XXXIII (p.74).'

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.852

Bottle-shaped vase with ovoid body and tapering neck. Thick semi-opaque glass decorated in mixed enamels with rockery and flowering peonies and a poetical inscription with three seals in red.

Bottle-shaped vase with ovoid body and tapering neck. Thick semi-opaque glass decorated in mixed enamels with rockery and flowering peonies and a poetical inscription with three seals in red.

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