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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.798

  • Description

    Porcelain teapot with ovoid body and curved handle and spout. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Design of Three Friends of Winter, pine, bamboo and prunus, with soft washes of green, aubergine and brown. Prunus blossoms highlighted with tiny dots of red enamels. There is a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1723-1735
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 137 millimetres
    • Width: 107 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six characters Yongzheng seal mark in underglaze blue
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A798

    Ewer with doucai plants


    This porcelain ewer is decorated in Qing dynasty (AD 1644–1911) doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and translucent overglaze green, aubergine and brown enamel. The prunus blossoms are highlighted with tiny dots of red enamel. Chinese people read this design of pine, bamboo and prunus as the 歲寒三友 (suihan sanyou ‘The Three Friends of Winter’). Pine trees are evergreen and grow for a long time, representing stability and longevity; bamboo, another evergreen, symbolises the educated Confucian, an ideal gentleman-scholar who should be like a bamboo stem, bending not breaking in adverse conditions; and the plum stands for purity as well as leadership, as it is the first flower to bloom in China in the New Year. There is a six-character Yongzheng seal mark in underglaze blue on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Yongzheng seal mark and period, AD1723–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott 1989B p.100, no.103 bibliographic details
    • Oriental Ceramic Society 1971 p.127, no.213 bibliographic details
    • Hobson 1934 p.166, pl. CLXV bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.49, no.161 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.76, no.A798, colour p.62 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.77, no.46 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.88, no.93 (right) bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 82-83, no.43 (p.94, mark on base) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case64-6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Imperial Collection, Peking. PDF card: Imperial Collection, Peking.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.798

Porcelain teapot with ovoid body and curved handle and spout. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Design of Three Friends of Winter, pine, bamboo and prunus, with soft washes of green, aubergine and brown. Prunus blossoms highlighted with tiny dots of red enamels. Mark on base.

Porcelain teapot with ovoid body and curved handle and spout. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Design of Three Friends of Winter, pine, bamboo and prunus, with soft washes of green, aubergine and brown. Prunus blossoms highlighted with tiny dots of red enamels. Mark on base.

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