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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.687

  • Description

    Set of five porcelain cups with straight sides. There are four flower heads in underglaze cobalt blue on each cup between single blue lines at the rim and above the base. There is a mark on the base of each cup.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1621-1627
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50 millimetres
    • Diameter: 68 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明天氣年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Tianqi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Tianqi reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Tianqi mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Tianqi 1621-1627Room 95 label text:

    PDF 687

    Set of five cups with flower heads


    As demand for the court declined, Jingdezhen potters eagerly accepted orders from middle-class customers in China, as well as exporting wares to the Middle East, Europe and Japan. These cups are table wares which were made in sets of five for Japanese clients. The bases have four-character underglaze blue Tianqi reign marks.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Tianqi mark and period, AD 1621–1627

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 142, pl. CXLI(e) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.31, no.687 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.49, no.687, reign mark, p.118 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc23/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.687

Set of five porcelain cups with straight sides, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Four flower heads on each cup between single blue lines at the rim and above the base. Marks on bases.

Set of five porcelain cups with straight sides, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Four flower heads on each cup between single blue lines at the rim and above the base. Marks on bases.

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