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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.819

  • Description

    Porcelain bottle with pear-shaped body and six-lobed bulb below the lip. Fine white glassy porcelain delicately painted in mixed enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with rocks, chrysanthemum and other flowers. Inscription on neck. Pair with PDFA820.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795 (?)
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 94 millimetres
    • Diameter: 51 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        高致' '碧' '霞'
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Gaozhi; bi; xia
      • Inscription Translation

        Lofty demeanour; bluish green clouds; red-tinged clouds.
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character Qianlong mark in pale blue enamel on the base. On neck, a ten character inscription and three seals, reading gaozhi, bi and xia (lofty demeanour, bluish green and red-tinged clouds)
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A819

    Bottle with a poem


    This miniature bottle has a four-character Qianlong mark in blue enamel on the base. Potters at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen made the porcelain, but painters decorated them in the Imperial Palace, Beijing, and fired them for a second time at a lower temperature. 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.


    Porcelain with falangcai-type enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong blue enamel mark and period, AD 1736–1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.34, no.A819 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.51, no. A819 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.86, no.73 (and base) (pair with A820) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.819

Porcelain bottle with pear-shaped body and six-lobed bulb below the lip. Fine white glassy porcelain delicately painted in mixed enamels in 'Gu Yue' style with rocks, chrysanthemum and other flowers. Inscription on neck. Pair with PDFA820.

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