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Porcelain bowl. The bowl has a fine white body. There are prunus trees in blossom painted in sepia, a poem of ten characters in black, and three seals in pink enamel on the exterior. A pair with PDF 828.
- Production date
Diameter: 127 millimetres
Height: 63 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735
Room 95 label text:
Bowl with prunus flowers and poems
Under court instructions, this bowl was decorated in shades of black enamel with winter-flowering plum trees, a ten character poem and with three puce enamel seals. Sir Percival David bought them from Alfred E. Hippisley (AD 1848–1939), a British Customs official in China who translated the poems in AD1900. A century later, the poem月幌見踈影, 墨池聞暗香 (yue huang jian shu ying; mo chi wen an xiang) translates more literally as ‘The moon ripples (and I) see the shadow of a branch moving; at the ink-black pool you can smell the secret fragrance’. The seal before the poems reads 先春 (xian chun ‘early spring’); and the two after the poem read 古月(guyue ‘ancient moon’); and 香清 (xiang qing ‘pure fragrance’). The winter-flowering plum design derives from traditional and contemporary Qing ink painting. On the base is a four-character Yongzheng mark in a double square in blue enamel.
Porcelain with transparent glaze made in Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province, overglaze enamels added in Beijing
素瓷器: 江西景德鎮燒製; 北京加琺瑯彩
Qing dynasty, Yongzheng mark and period, AD1723–35
- Bibliographic references
Scott 1991 / Illustrated Catalogue of Qing Enamelled Ware in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art (p.26, no.827)
Lady David 1973 / Illustrated Catalogue of Ch'ing Enamelled Ware in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art (p.14, no.827, pl. III)
Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 / Chinese Ceramics: Highlights of the Sir Percival David Collection (pp 88-89, no.47)
Scott 1989a / Imperial Taste - Chinese Ceramics from the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art (p.82, no.50, & p.116, Fig.1)
Pierson 2002 / Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art: A Guide to the Collection (p.89, no.95 (left))
Hobson 1934 / A Catalogue of Chinese Pottery and Porcelain in the Collection of Sir Percival David Bt., F.S.A. (p. 173, pl. CLXXII(a))
Hippisley 1902 / A Sketch of the History of Ceramic Art in China, with a Catalogue of the Hippisley Collection of Chinese Porcelains (p. 406, nos. 328 and 329, pl.19)
- On display (G95/dc63)
- Acquisition notes
- R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Hippisley Collection. See Hippisley, "A Sketch of the History of Ceramic Art in China", p.406, Nos. 328 and 329 where the poem is translated.
PDF card: Acquired in the U>S>A> for $3000 in 1925 with PDF 828. Previous owner: Hippisley Collection.
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