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Title

'Chicken coop' water pot

circa 18th century


Artist

Jingdezhen ware

China


About

This form of water pot is one of the best known of a classic group of objects intended for the scholar's desk. The name refers to its shape that resembles that of a chicken coop. Such water pots are also called 'Taibaizun', because they are modelled after the prototype of a kind of ceramic 'zun' vessel popular during the Han dynasty. Water pots of this shape were most prevalent in Emperor Kangxi's reign (1662-1722).
The quality of these articles is always beyond reproach. The water pot is decorated on the exterior with the mauvish pink glaze of the type commonly known as 'peach bloom'. Under the glaze are three incised circular panels. A six-character mark is written on the base in three columns, which reads, "Made in the Kangxi period of the Great Qing dynasty".

Asian Art Dept., AGNSW June 2001


Details


Place where the work was made

Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China


Date

circa 18th century


Media category

Ceramic


Materials used

porcelain with 'peach bloom' glaze decoration


Dimensions

3.4 cm diam. of mouth; 8.7 x 12.6 cm


Credit

Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 2001


Location

Not on display


Accession number

336.2001


Artist information

Jingdezhen ware

Works in the collection

119


Place

Where the work was made
Jingdezhen

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 29. cat.no. 50

Editor Unknown (Editor), 1000 Years of Chinese Ceramics, Sydney, 1970. cat.no. 40