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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.838

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl. Fine white porcelain decorated on the exterior in grey and black on a mottled canary yellow ground with blossoming tree peony and wisteria, and a magpie perched on one of the branches. White glaze on the interior. Mark on base and inscription.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1875-1908
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 60 millimetres
    • Diameter: 126 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        永清長春
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yongqing changchun
      • Inscription Translation

        eternal prosperity and enduring spring
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大雅齋
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Daya Zhai
      • Inscription Translation

        Studio of Great Elegance
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        天地家春
      • Inscription Transliteration

        tian di jia chun
      • Inscription Translation

        Spring throughout heaven and earth - one family
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing late 19thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A838

    Bowl with wisteria


    This bowl is decorated en grisaille with wisteria and tree peonies on a yellow ground, inscribed with three characters 大雅齋 (Daya Zhai ‘Studio of Great Elegance’) and 天地家春 (tian di jia chun ‘Spring throughout heaven and earth - one family’) within a seal in iron red. The four-character mark on the base reads 永清長春 (Yongqing changchun ‘eternal prosperity and enduring spring’) in iron-red enamel. The Empress Dowager, Cixi, was the mother of the Tongzhi Emperor and the power behind the throne from 1861 until her death in 1908. This porcelain pattern is believed to have been designed by her and made in Jingdezhen. The Daya Zhai is the hall with in the Forbidden City where Cixi lived.


    Porcelain with transparent glaze and overglaze and en grisaille enamels with iron-red
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Guangxu period, about AD 1875–1908

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.38, no.A838 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.57, no.A838 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.98, no.111 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 40-41, no.10 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh1

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Imperial Collection, Peking. The Empress Dowager, Ci Xi.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.838

Porcelain bowl. Fine white porcelain decorated on the outside in grey and black on a mottled canary yellow ground with blossoming tree peony and wisteria, and a magpie perched on one of the branches. White glaze on the inside.

Porcelain bowl. Fine white porcelain decorated on the outside in grey and black on a mottled canary yellow ground with blossoming tree peony and wisteria, and a magpie perched on one of the branches. White glaze on the inside.

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