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Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

Tea bowl and cover decorated with floral motifs and a poem by Jiaqing Emperor
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Jiaqing 1796 - 1820Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration

8.4 x 10.8 cm:

a - bowl; 5.6 x 10.8 cm

b - cover; 3.1 x 9.9 cm

Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 2003
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

'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.

Bibliography (2)

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 34. 70

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

Exhibition history (1)

Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977