Porcelain bottle with pear-shaped body and slender neck swelling into six-lobed bulb below the mouth-rim. The bottle has a fine, white, glassy body. There is a rock, flowering begonia and iris, and a butterfly in 'Gu Yue' style mixed enamel on the exterior.
- Height: 93 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn neck
Inscription Content露香秋色天深中' '高致' '秋士'
Inscription TransliterationThe fragrance of dew wafts in mid autumn; lofty demeanour; autumn scholar.
Inscription CommentInscribed on the neck Lu xiang qiuse tianshen zhong (the fragrance of dew wafts in mid autumn). Two seals read gaozhi (lofty demeanour) and qiushi (autumn scholar)
Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-95Room 95 label text:
Bottle with a poem
This miniature bottle is inscribed on the neck露香秋色天深中(Lu xiang qiuse tianshen zhong ‘the fragrance of dew wafts in mid autumn’). The two seals read高致 (gaozhi ‘lofty demeanour’) and秋士(qiushi ‘autumn scholar’). This miniature bottle has a four-character Qianlong mark in blue enamel on the base. 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
PDF card: Acquired 1919 in USA.
Porcelain bottle with pear-shaped body and slender neck swelling into six-lobed bulb below the mouth-rim. Fine white glassy porcelain delicately painted in mixed enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with a rock, flowering begonia and iris, and a butterfly.
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Object reference number: RRC39176
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