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Tea bowl



Alternate image of Tea bowl by Jingdezhen ware
Alternate image of Tea bowl by Jingdezhen ware
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Jiaqing 1796 - 1820 Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain with 'rouge de fer' (iron red) enamel decoration
    5.6 x 10.9 cm
    Gift from the J H Myrtle Collection 2001
    Not on display
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    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The small tea bowl is decorated only on the exterior in iron red enamel. The main decorative motif is a poem composed by Emperor Renzong of the Jiaqing reign. Written in 'kaishu' or regular script, it is situated in between two borders at the mouth and the lower part of the body, that are filled with 'ruyi' patterns. The poem emphasises the enduring pleasure involved in tea-drinking and in men communing with nature. It is followed by the two seal characters 'jia' and 'qing'.
    The paste exposed at the foot is white and smooth, and the glaze has a slight 'orange skin' surface. The mark with six seal characters is written in iron red enamel with great care and precision on the base, and reads, "Made in the Jiaqing period of the Great Qing dynasty".
    Except for some later copies, porcelains with the emperor's poems are always of the highest quality. They generally made for use in the inner palace. This tea bowl is an excellent specimen of this type of work. What makes it special is the fact it has no interior decoration. It is therefore a very unusual and rare piece.

    Asian Art Deptartment, AGNSW 19 June 2001

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