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Title

Tea bowl and cover decorated with floral motifs and a poem by Jiaqing Emperor


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

'The main decorative theme on the exterior of bowl and cover is a poem dated 1797 composed by the Chia-ch'ing [Jiaqing] emperor. The following is a translation by Dr. S.W. Bushell, 'Oriental Ceramic Art'. D. Appleton and Company, New York, 1899.

"Finest tribute tea of the first picking
And a bright full moon prompt a line of verse.
A lively fire glows in a bamboo stove
The water is boiling in the stone griddle,
Small bubbles rise like eyes of fish or crab.
Of rare Ch'i-chiang tea, rolled in tiny balls,
One cup is enough to lighten the heart,
And dissipate the early winter chill."

Chinese Porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing Dynasties, 1977.


Details


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Date

1796-1820


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with underglaze blue decoration


Dimensions

8.4 x 10.8 cm :

a - bowl; 5.6 x 10.8 cm

b - cover; 3.1 x 9.9 cm


Credit

Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 2003


Location

Not on display


Accession number

124.2003.a-b


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 34. cat.no. 70

Hepburn Myrtle, Hemisphere, 'Porcelain for the last Emperors', pg. 34-39, Sydney, Oct 1975, 34 (colour illus.), 35-39.