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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.816

  • Description

    Porcelain vase of baluster form, hexagonal in section, with two tubular handles. The vase has a fine white body with 'orange peel' undulating surface. There is bamboo and a poetic inscription on the exterior.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 374 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the front
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        半月; 翰; 墨; 乾坤一草亭
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Banyue; han; mo; Qiankun yicaoting
      • Inscription Translation

        Half moon; brush; ink; Heaven and Earth are but a single thatched pavilion
      • Inscription Comment

        On the front a fourteen character inscription with three seals reading 'Banyue', 'Han' and 'Mo' (half moon, brush and ink). The seals believed to be those of Tang Ying. Another seal reads 'Qiankun yicaoting' (Heaven and Earth are but a single thatched pavilion)'The gentle breeze blows cool below the Grove of the Seven Worthies, The pale moon seems wintry as it shines over the Stream of the Six Talents.'
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:

    PDF 816

    Vase painted with bamboo


    This unusual vase, modelled on an ancient bronze form, is covered with a celadon glaze. On the front is a fourteen character inscription with three seals reading半月(Banyue ‘half moon’); 翰 (han ‘brush’) and 墨 (mo ‘ink’). Another seal reads乾坤一草亭 (Qian kun yi caoting' (‘Heaven and Earth are but a single thatched pavilion’). The seals are believed to be those of Tang Ying. Tang Ying (AD 1681–1756), appointed resident supervisor of the imperial kilns at Jingdezhen in AD 1728, describes production of high-fired grey-green iron glazes made in imitation of Ru, guan and ge celadons at Jingdezhen in his 陶成紀事 (Taocheng jishi, ‘Records of Ceramic Production’). The inscription has been translated: 'The gentle breeze blows cool below the Grove of the Seven Worthies, The pale moon seems wintry as it shines over the Stream of the Six Talents.'


    Porcelain with overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, AD 1736–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 276 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 55, no. 50 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.118, Fig.4 bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.12, no.816 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.78, no.65 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.93, no.102 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 pp 23-24, no.816 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case32/sh9

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.816

Porcelain vase of baluster form, hexagonal in section, with two tubular handles. Fine white porcelain with 'orange peel' undulating surface, painted with bamboo design in 'Su Dongpo' style, together with poetic inscription.

Porcelain vase of baluster form, hexagonal in section, with two tubular handles. Fine white porcelain with 'orange peel' undulating surface, painted with bamboo design in 'Su Dongpo' style, together with poetic inscription.

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