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Jun ware lobed flower-pot. The flower-pot has a grey-brown body with pale blue glaze on the interior and purple glaze on the exterior with 'earthworm' marks caused by splitting. There are five holes cut into the base and two inscriptions incised into glaze on the base after firing along with chinese numeral wu (five).
- Production date
Diameter: 128 millimetres (base)
Diameter: 261 millimetres
Height: 174 millimetres
- Curator's comments
Published PDF date : Northern Song-Jin 12th-13thC
Room 95 label text:
Lobed flower pot
If the inscription incised into the base is to be relied on, this flower pot was used probably by the Qianlong emperor (r. AD 1736–95), to decorate the Iris and Orchid Chambers芝蘭室用 (Zhilan shi yong ‘for use in the Iris and Orchid Chambers’) within the 重華宫 (Zhonghua Gong ‘Palace of Cherished Glory’) of the Forbidden City. This palace was part of the emperor’s private quarters. The flower pot was incised before firing with the character 五wu, meaning five, on the base and is drilled with five holes for drainage. Originally it would have rested on a matching six-lobed saucer.
Stoneware body covered in blue and purple glazes with olive-green on base
Numbered or Official Jun ware官鈞窯
Juntai, Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣, 鈞台
Ming dynasty, about AD 1368–1435
- Bibliographic references
Pierson 1999 / Illustrated catalogue of Ru, Guan, Jun, Guangdong and Yixing wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art (p 52-53, no.A11)
Yorke Hardy 1953 / Tung, Ju, Kuan, Chun, Kuang-tung & Glazed I-hsing Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art (p.27, no.A11)
Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 / Chinese Ceramics: Highlights of the Sir Percival David Collection (pp 48-49, no.21) (p.94, mark on base)
Medley 1975 / Volume 7: Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art (Colour pl. 29 and p. 308)
- On display (G95/dc52/s7)
- Exhibition history
2014 Sep-2015 Jan, BM WCEC, 'Ming: 50 years that changed China'
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