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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.86

  • Description

    Yixing stoneware vase in form of ancient bronze bian hu with two tubular handles. The vase has a brown body and 'tea dust' style glaze, speckled blue-grey and yellow-grey with fine crackle. There is a moulded band around the vase with archaistic bronze lei wen and dragon design in relief. There is an incised inscription on the base, which is glazed. The foot rim is unglazed.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1700-1737 (or later)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 90 millimetres
    • Width: 81 millimetres
    • Depth: 77 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        素餅一握穆而淳,火氣全消神氣勻;不少永宣增繪事, 應知大輅此椎輪
        乾隆丁巳夏御题
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Su ping yi wo mu er chun
        Huo qi quan xiao shen qi yun
        Bu shao yong xuan zeng hui shi
        Ying zhi da lu ci zhui lun
        Qianlong ding si xia yu ti
      • Inscription Translation

        A plain coloured vase is simple but elegant. Although the kiln gloss is now gone, its colour and form still look quite impressive. A lot of painted decoration was developed during the Yong [le] and Xuan [de] periods and yet one should remember that all manner of achievements have their origins in the simple wheel. Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the summer of the dingsi year [AD 1737].
      • Inscription Comment

        Yorke-Hardy 1953, p. 43 The passage occurs in the Qianlong yuzhi shiji sec 1, ch 29, f.24 where it is stated it was composed in AD1787
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        end of inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        太璞
      • Inscription Transliteration

        taipu
      • Inscription Translation

        supreme simplicity
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 17th-18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A86

    Vase shaped after an ancient bronze called a hu


    If the inscription on the base, dated AD 1737, is to be believed, the Qianlong emperor (ruled AD 1736–95) admired this vase and had it incised with verses which he composed. 素餅一握穆而淳,火氣全消神氣勻;不少永宣增繪事, 應知大輅此椎輪, 乾隆丁巳夏御题 [ 'A plain coloured vase is simple but elegant. Although the kiln gloss is now gone, its colour and form still look quite impressive. A lot of painted decoration was developed during the Yong [le] and Xuan [de] periods and yet one should remember that all manner of achievements have their origins in the simple wheel. Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the summer of ding si year AD 1737]. A seal at the end of the inscription reads 太璞 (taipu 'supreme simplicity').


    Stoneware with crackled glaze and iron-brown slip
    Probably Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, AD 1700–1737 or later

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  • Bibliography

    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.43, no.A86 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.79, no.75 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 73-74, no.A86 bibliographic details
  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.86

Yixing stoneware vase in form of ancient bronze bian hu with two tubular handles and moulded band with archaistic bronze lei wen and dragon design in relief. Brown body covered in 'tea dust' style glaze , speckled blue-grey and yellow-grey with fine crackle. Rim of foot unglazed and base glazed, with incised inscription.

Yixing stoneware vase in form of ancient bronze bian hu with two tubular handles and moulded band with archaistic bronze lei wen and dragon design in relief. Brown body covered in 'tea dust' style glaze , speckled blue-grey and yellow-grey with fine crackle. Rim of foot unglazed and base glazed, with incised inscription.

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