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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.834

  • Description

    Bottle-shaped glass vase with depressed globular body . Milky white glass decorated in mixed enamels with rock, flowering begonia and iris, and a butterfly in flight. Poetical inscription on neck in black and two seals in red enamels.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1820
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 9.8 centimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On neck and base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        露香秋色浅深中' '高致' '秋士' '純善堂製'
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Lu xiang qiuse qianshen zhong; gaozhi; quishi; Chunshan Tang zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        The fragrance of the dew wafts in mid autumn; lofty demeanour; autumn scholar. On base: 'Made for the Hall of Pure Goodness'.
      • Inscription Comment

        Inscribed on neck Lu xiang qiuse qianshen zhong (the fragrance of the dew wafts in mid autumn). Two seals read gaozhi (lofty demeanour) and qiushi (autumn scholar). On base, inscribed Chunshan Tang zhi (Made for the Hall of Pure Goodness)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A834

    Enamelled glass vase with flowers and a poem


    This bottle-shaped vase is made of opaque white glass decorated in mixed enamels with rocks, flowering begonia, iris, and a butterfly in flight. There is an inscription on neck in black and two seals in red enamels. It is inscribed on the neck 露香秋色浅深中 (Lu xiang qiuse qianshen zhong ‘the fragrance of the dew wafts in mid autumn’). Two seals read 高致 (gaozhi ‘lofty demeanour’) and 秋士(qiushi ‘autumn scholar’). On base it is inscribed 純善堂製 (Chunshan Tang zhi ‘Made for the Hall of Pure Goodness’).

    Enamelled glass
    China 中國
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1720–1800Zhang Rong dates this to the 19th century to early 20th century, as it is not so well done as an 18th century piece. Furthermore, the colours, green and pink, are not typical of the 18th century. And finally, the seals are individual seals.

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.37, no.A834 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.55, no.A834 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.84, no.71 (and base) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.834

Bottle-shaped glass vase with depressed globular body . Milky white glass decorated in mixed enamels with rock, flowering begonia and iris, and a butterfly in flight. Poetical inscription on neck in black and two seals in red enamels.

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