Tea bowl and cover decorated with floral motifs and a poem by Jiaqing Emperor
'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.
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
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977
Referenced in 2 publications
Hepburn Myrtle, Hemisphere, 'Porcelain for the last Emperors', pg. 34-39, Sydney, Oct 1975, 34 (colour illus.), 35-39.
J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 34. cat.no. 70