The poem composed by Emperor Jiaqing, which runs around the outside of the bowl, dated 1797, reads:
"The best tea is given to the Emperor
While stirring it enjoy the poem in the full moonlight
Brassiere of bamboo with ceramic burner filled with hot coals
Stir hot tea with stone spoons
Boil the water and just when it bubbles with fish or crab eyes
Tea leaves heated by the water stand like flags and guns
One bowl is enough to bring happiness
You taste the Spring tea to keep warm as Spring is here, drinking the tea to avoid the still present chill."
Asian Art Dept.
AGNSW June 2002.
porcelain with 'rouge de fer' (iron red) enamel decoration
5.6 x 10.9 cm
Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 1999
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977
Beyond Words: Calligraphic Traditions of Asia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Aug 2016–30 Apr 2017
Referenced in 1 publication
J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 35. cat.no. 72