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Jingdezhen ware

(China  – )

'Chicken coop' water pot
Place of origin
JingdezhenJiangxi ProvinceChina
Kangxi 1662 - 1722Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
circa 18th century
Media category
Materials used
porcelain with 'peach bloom' glaze decoration

3.4 cm diam. of mouth; 8.7 x 12.6 cm

Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 2001
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (2)

J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 29. 50

Editor Unknown (Editor), 1000 Years of Chinese Ceramics, Sydney, 1970. 40

Exhibition history (2)

1000 years of Chinese ceramics, Lindesay, Darling Point, 26 Nov 1970–29 Nov 1970

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