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Porcelain cup with cream crackled glaze. There is an incised peonies on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Zhangzhou
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Zhangzhou)
- Height: 48 millimetres
- Diameter: 87 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TranslationStone forest
Inscription CommentTwo characters 'shilin' (stone forest) incised on base
Published PDF date : 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Cup with incised lotuses and inscription
Potters incised this cup with a pattern of lotuses – a Chinese symbol of purity. The base carries an incised inscription 石林 (Shi Lin ‘Stone Forest’). 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: RRC38560
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