Lobed flower pot stand Stoneware body covered in blue and purple glazes with olive-green on base . Numbered or Official Jun ware 官鈞窯. Juntai, Yuxian, Henan province 河南省, 禹縣, 鈞台. Ming dynasty, about AD 1368–1435. On loan from Sir Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art. PDF 71 © Trustees of the British Museum
Height: 65 mm. Diameter: 165 mm. Diameter: 116 mm(base). Official Jun stoneware flower-pot-stand with six-lobed, rounded sides, and flattened, six-lobed rim with raised edge, on three cloud-shaped feet. Thick, bright blue glaze coloured purple on the exterior with in-glaze copper pigment. Fifteen small spur marks and inscription on base.
This flower pot stand has six bracket-lobes and three cloud-shaped feet. Its base has a ring of fifteen uneven spur marks and the Chinese character八 ba meaning eight incised in the base before firing. It has been suggested that the numbers refer to sizes, with one the largest and ten the smallest size, which would help to match flower pots and stands. Unlike earlier Jun wares, which are often highlighted with contrasting purple splashes, these later wares feature blue or purple opalescent glazes without splashes of contrasting colours. Furthermore in contrast to earlier Jun wares, these numbered flower vessels are shaped by moulding.
Acquisition notes: From the Collection of Dr Robert Weismann, Berlin
Bibliographic reference: Hobsob, Robert L, A Catalogue of Chinese Pottery and Porcelain in the Collection of Sir Percival David Bt., F.S.A., London, The Stourton Press, 1934
Yorke Hardy, Sheila, Tung, Ju, Kuan, Chun, Kuang-tung & Glazed I-hsing Wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, University of London, Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, 1953
Pierson, Stacey, Illustrated catalogue of Ru, Guan, Jun, Guangdong and Yixing wares in the Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, London, University of London, Percival David Foundation of Chinese Art, School of Oriental and African Studies, 1999