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Ewer with cover

Ewer with cover

  • Place of origin:

    guangzhou (made)
    Chaozhou (made)

  • Date:

    early 19th century

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Ewer and cover made of pewter, jade knob, and brass handle, engraved

  • Credit Line:

    C. G. J. Port Bequest

  • Museum number:

    M.164-1930

  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 136, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 10, shelf 6 []

Physical description

Ewer and cover, with a flat cyclindrical form, made of pewter with a jade knob and brass movable handle; the body is engraved with a poetic couplet on one side and a prunus branch on the other; also inscribed on the shoulder, marks on base.

Place of Origin

guangzhou (made)
Chaozhou (made)

Date

early 19th century

Materials and Techniques

Ewer and cover made of pewter, jade knob, and brass handle, engraved

Marks and inscriptions

花開滿樹比似玉
折得一枝寄故人
雲生
The opened blossoms cover the trees and look like jewels
I pluck one in my hand to give to an old friend.
Yunsheng
Inscribed around the body of the teapot. Yunsheng was the alias of Li Wenhan 李文瀚 (1805-56), native of Anhui, and a Prefect of Kuizhou, Sichuan.

數點雪冰中
A few specks amid the snow and ice
Inscribed on the lid

義昌號造
Made by Yichang hao
Mark on base

Rui
Mark on base

Descriptive line

Ewer with cover made of pewter, inscribed, China, early 19th century

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Wilson, Ming. Rare Marks on Chinese Ceramics. SOAS and V&A Museum, 1998. p. 132.

Production Note

Mark on base states that object is made by Yichang hao

Materials

Pewter; Brass; Jade

Techniques

Engraving (incising)

Subjects depicted

Prunus blossoms

Categories

Metalwork

Collection

East Asia Collection

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