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Updated: 14 April 2015
Porcelain cup, with yellowish glaze. There is a spiral design of flowers incised on the exterior, with the character for 'longevity'. One of a pair with PDF.189.
- Height: 32 millimetres
- Diameter: 74 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Cup with incised flowers and inscription
Potters incised this cup with a pattern of plum blossom and lotuses with panels in between. It is incised with the character壽 (Shou ‘longevity’). Craftsmen in the late Ming and Qing dynasties made copies of Ding wares at Jingdezhen in Jiangxi province, Zhangzhou in Fujian province and in other southern kilns. The cup is chalky white or ‘rice–coloured’ and potters covered it either with a white slip and a thin transparent glaze with a yellowish cast that crackled during the cooling process or with an opaque white glaze. Connoisseurs once called this type of ceramic 土定 (tu ding ‘earthen Ding ware’).
Underfired porcelain, incised and with transparent glaze
Zhangzhou ware 漳州窯
Zhangzhou, Fujian province 福建省, 漳州
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, about AD 1662–1722
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Object reference number: RRC38608
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