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    Porcelain wine pot of cylindrical shape with horinzontal ribs simulating bamboo, and spout and handle similarly treated. Painted in underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, aubergine and black enamels with birds, plants and rocks. Base glazed.

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    • 17thC(mid)
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    • Height: 142 millimetres
    • Width: 180 millimetres
    • Depth: 106 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Tianqi 1621-1627Room 95 label text:

    PDF B714

    Wine ewer in bamboo-style

    This tubular ewer, modelled as a section of bamboo with bamboo handle, spout and knob, is painted in Ming wucai style with the Chinese motif the Three Friends of Winter (pine, prunus and bamboo) symbolising steadfastness in adversity. In the early Qing dynasty (AD 1644–1720) although there is a 青花五彩(qinghuawucai ‘blue and white five colours’) style mostly designs were made without the underglaze blue in a reduced palette using watercolour-like translucent enamels.

    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze red, yellow, green, aubergine and black enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1620–1644


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.42, no.127 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.79, no.B714 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 50-51, no. 16 bibliographic details
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    Margaret Medley 1978 records: Given by Sir Harry and Lady Garner in 1971. PDF card: Acquired in 1971. Sir Harry and Lady Garner gift.

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