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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.581

  • Description

    Round porcelain deep box with shallow cover moulded to form lotus blossom with seed pod in centre. Covered outside with bright blue glaze. Inside and base glazed white, with inscription.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1840
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 56 millimetres
    • Diameter: 70 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        道光庚子年臨川李氏雙桂齋仿彭窰製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Daoguang genzi nian Linchuan Li shi Shuanggui zhai fang Pengyao zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        In the 'genzi' year of Daoguang the Shuanggui workshop of the Li family of Linchuan made this imitation of Peng ware
      • Inscription Comment

        On the base an inscription 'Daoguang genzi nian Linchuan Li shi Shuanggui zhai fang Pengyao zhi' (In the 'genzi' year of Daoguang the Shuanggui workshop of the Li family of Linchuan made this imitation of Peng ware)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Daoguang 1821-1850Room 95 label text:

    PDF A581

    Box with blue glaze and inscription


    The top of this deed box is modelled as a lotus flower with seeds. It is covered with a deep blue glaze. On the base is an underglaze blue inscription which reads 道光庚子年臨川李氏雙桂齋仿彭窰製 (Daoguang genzi nian Linchuan Li shi shuang gui zhai fang Pengyao zhi ‘In the 'genzi' year of Daoguang period [AD 1840] the Shuanggui workshop of the Li family of Linchuan made this imitation of Peng ware).


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue inscription, moulded decoration and blue glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, dated equivalent to AD 1840

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.41, no.A581 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.42, no.A581 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 136-137, no.58 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case46/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Acquired 1952. Elphinstone Gift

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.581

Round porcelain deep box with shallow cover moulded to form lotus blossom with seed pod in centre. Covered outside with bright blue glaze. Inside and base glazed white, with inscription.

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