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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.533

  • Description

    Porcelain bowl with steep, curving fluted sides. The bowl has iron red enamel all over. There are gold inscriptions on centre of interior and base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 70 millimetres
    • Diameter: 114 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        inside
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        製是菊苍式,把比菊苍輕。
        啜茗合陶句,裛露掇其英。
        乾隆丙申春御題。
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhi shi jucang shi, babi jucang qing,
        chuo ming he tao ju, ail u duo qi ying.
        Qianlong bingshen Chun yuti.
      • Inscription Translation

        It is made in the shape of a fragrant chrysanthemum,
        But compared with the chrysanthemum it is more delicate.
        As I sip tea, I am pleased to compare it with taking dew from this freshly picked flower.
        Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the Spring of the cyclical year bingshen [AD 1776]
      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        乾隆年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Qianlong nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the reign of the Qianlong Emperor
      • Inscription Type

        seal
      • Inscription Position

        inside
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        太璞
      • Inscription Transliteration

        taipu
      • Inscription Translation

        supreme simplicity
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing QianlongRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A533

    Inscribed bowl imitating lacquer ware


    This bowl has fluted sides and a slightly flared rim. It is covered inside and out with a low-fired iron-pigmented red glaze. It imitates contemporary Qing dynasty silk-core lacquer ware which was very light and delicate. Seen at a distance, it would be difficult to distinguish the two materials. Trompe-l’oeil porcelain was very much en vogue at the Chinese court in the eighteenth century. On the inside at the bottom is a gilded inscription of a poem by the Qianlong Emperor, dated to the cyclical year bingshen 丙申 which equates to AD 1776. The inscription reads: 製是菊苍式, 把比菊苍輕。啜 茗合陶句, 裛露掇其英。 乾隆丙申春御題。(Zhi shi jucang shi, babi jucang qing, chuo ming he tao ju, ail u duo qi ying.Qianlong bingshen Chun yuti 'It is made in the shape of a fragrant chrysanthemum,But compared with the chrysanthemum it is more delicate. As I sip tea, I am pleased to compare it with taking dew from this freshly picked flower. Composed by the Qianlong Emperor in the Spring of the cyclical year bingshen [AD 1776]). A seal at the end of the inscription reads: 太璞 (taipu ‘supreme simplicity’).


    Porcelain with iron-red pigmented glaze, check black base and inscription in gold
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong seal mark and period, AD1736–95

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 282 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.34, no.A533 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.96, no.107 (inscription) bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 pp 34-35, no.A533 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 pp116-117, no.102 (and base) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case64-3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.533

Porcelain bowl with steep, curving fluted sides. Covered in iron red enamel all over. Gold inscriptions on centre inside and base.

Porcelain bowl with steep, curving fluted sides. Covered in iron red enamel all over. Gold inscriptions on centre inside and base.

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