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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.826

  • Description

    Pair of tub-shaped porcelain cups. Fine white glassy porcelain decorated in famille rose enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with lotus flowers and crinkled leaves, and poetical inscription of ten characters.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 45 millimetres
    • Diameter: 63 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the side
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        佳麗;香清; 君子
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Jiali; xiang qing; junzi
      • Inscription Translation

        Beautiful; pure fragrance; superior man
      • Inscription Comment

        On the side a ten character inscription and three seals. The seals read 'jiali', 'xiang qing' and 'junzi' (beautiful; pure fragrance; superior man, respectively)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:

    PDF A826

    Pair of falangcai cups with lotus plants and poem


    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. Such porcelains are of an exceptional quality and rarity, seldom seen outside the imperial collections of the Palace Museums in Beijing and Taipei.


    Porcelain with transparent glaze made in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, overglaze enamels added in Beijing
    素瓷器: 江西, 景德鎮燒 製; 北京加 琺瑯彩
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng blue enamel mark and period, AD 1723–1735

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  • Bibliography

    • Hippisley 1902 p. 406, nos 331 and 332, pl. 18 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.108, no.112 (cup) bibliographic details
    • Lady David 1973 p.35, no.A826 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.53, no.A826 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989a p.85, no.53,& p.122, Fig.13 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc33/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Lady David 1973 records: From the Hippisley Collection, "Catalogue" No. 332, pp.406-7 and pl. 18. PDF card: Purchased in 1935 at Sotheby's for £60 via Sparks. Previous owner: Hippisley Collection, No. 332.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.826

Pair of tub-shaped porcelain cups. Fine white glassy porcelain decorated in famille rose enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with lotus flowers and crinkled leaves, and poetical inscription of ten characters.

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