3.5 x 18.5 cm
Briefly the archaic script is of type called 'Large Seal Script' popular in the period of the Spring and Autumn Annals (772-481 BCE). According to the inscription it appeared on the inside rim of 'yi' vessel. The translation, very roughly is 'Tian Zhi Zhia [Tian Jijia], copied on a winter day, breathing on the frozen tip of the brush to warm it'.
Dr. Mae Anna Pang in 'Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain', AGNSW, 1980.
J. Hepburn Myrtle, Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 27 (illus.). cat.no. 35
Jackie Menzies, Art of the Brush - Chinese & Japanese painting calligraphy, Sydney, 1995, 6 (illus.), 7.
Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Aug 1980–21 Sep 1980
Art of the brush, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Sep 1995–12 Nov 1995