The following is a translation [of the poem] 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, pg. 34.
porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
2.3 x 16.0 x 12.0 cm
Gift from the J.H. Myrtle Collection 2003
Not on display
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 18 Feb 1977–26 Jun 1977
Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Aug 1980–21 Sep 1980
Beyond Words: Calligraphic Traditions of Asia, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 27 Aug 2016–30 Apr 2017
Referenced in 3 publications
J. Hepburn Myrtle, Chinese porcelain of the Ming and Ch'ing dynasties, Sydney, 1977, 34-35, 58 (illus.). plate 19, cat.no. 71
J. Hepburn Myrtle, Late Chinese Imperial Porcelain, Sydney, 1980, 12 (illus.). cat.no. 5
Hepburn Myrtle, Hemisphere, 'Porcelain for the last Emperors', pg. 34-39, Sydney, Oct 1975, 34 (colour illus.), 35-39.