Script surrounding the bowl reads:
'The colour of plum blossoms is lovely;
The 'Buddha's fingers' is fragrant and pure.
The taste of the pine seeds is delicious;
These three are rare good things;
They are prepared in a cauldron
And enriched with a basket of snow.
The way in which the water boils shows the strength of the fire;
The steam now appears and now vanishes.
The beverage for the Immortals is poured into a Yue bowl,
Whilst the Buddhist teachings are discussed in a humble cottage.
The five attributes - form, perception, consciousness, action and knowledge -
Can be understood but cannot be easily explained.
The fragrant and delicious drink is clear;
It will be admired as a piece of brocade.
Wu Quan may be still taking it;
Lin Pu would like it in his time.
I am disinclined to mention the tea of Zhaozhou,
Smiling at the eccentricities of Yuchuan.
I listen to the water clock in the cold night,
With the old moon looking like a jade crescent hanging in the sky.
Having drunk wine after the affairs of state,
I take an endless interest in writing verses.
Written by the Emperor Qianlong (AD 1711-1799) in the 10th month of the cyclical year Pingyin (13 November - 11 December, 1746)
'Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain', AGNSW, 1980, pg.54
Tea bowl with poem by Emperor Qianlong
porcelain with 'rouge de fer' (iron red) enamel decoration
5.5 x 10.6 cm
Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1983
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Aug 1980–21 Sep 1980
Buddhist Art from the Collection of the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 06 May 1995–10 Sep 1995
Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995
Referenced in 2 publications
J. Hepburn Myrtle, Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 10 (illus.). cat.no. 1
Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 7. cat.no.1.17