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'Chicken coop' water pot

circa 18th century


Alternate image of 'Chicken coop' water pot by Jingdezhen ware
Alternate image of 'Chicken coop' water pot by Jingdezhen ware
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Kangxi 1662 - 1722 Qing 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
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection


  • 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

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    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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