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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.660

  • Description

    Pair of porcelain cups with tall sides and slightly everted mouth rim.
    Cup 'a' has a scene from the 'West Chamber' (Xixiang Ji) of Cui Yingying seeing off Scholar Zhang with a maid serving wine in a garden landscape in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.
    Cup 'b' has a scene from the 'West Chamber' (Xixiang Ji) of Scholar Zhang glimpsing Cui Yingying, and the monk Facong telling Zhang who she is, all in a garden landscape in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 62 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        若深 珎藏
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Ruoshen zhencang
      • Inscription Translation

        From the Collection of Ruoshen
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 660

    Pair of wine cups with figure scenes


    This pair of cups are painted with images from the西厢记 (Xixiang Ji ‘The Romance of the Western Chamber’). This story has been described as China’s most popular traditional romantic comedy. Cui Yingying is the daughter of the chief minister of the Tang court and she falls in love with Zhang Sheng, a young scholar but he must prove himself worthy of her by making his name in the civil service examinations before he can marry her. There is an underglaze blue inscription on the base which reads若深 珎藏Ruoshen zhencang ‘From the Collection of Ruoshen’).


    Porcelain decorated in underglaze cobalt blue
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2001 p. 59, no. 54 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.26, no.660, pl.III bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.38, no.660 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 78-79, no.29 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh2

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    4 April 2009

    Treatment proposal

    Dismantle, restick and clean.

    Condition

    Two broken areas found on either side of cup 660a. Two running cracks run down from these broken areas. These cracks are quite wide and dirty.

    Treatment details

    Softened adhesive through an IMS atmosphere. Nitromors placed along the cracks and left. Old adhesive removed mechanically with scalpel blade. Joined through a dry run using sellotape.

    Reconstructed using Fynebond introduced through capillary action. Joins supported with tape during curing.

    It was felt that dark lines remained so the joins were taken down in a dichloromethane atmosphere and reconstructed with Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) 40% in acetone and zinc pigment applied to the break edges with a brush. Joins supported with masking tape during curing. Because of the nature of the cracks the dark lines have remained.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.660

Porcelain cup with tall sides and slightly everted mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Cup a has a scene from the 'West Chamber' (Xixiang Ji) of Cui Yingying seeing off Scholar Zhang with a maid serving wine in a garden landscape. Inscription on base.  Cup b has a scene from the 'West Chamber' (Xixiang Ji) of Scholar Zhang glimpsing Cui Yingying, and the monk Facong telling Zhang who she is, all in a garden landscape. Inscription on base.

Porcelain cup with tall sides and slightly everted mouth rim, decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Cup a has a scene from the 'West Chamber' (Xixiang Ji) of Cui Yingying seeing off Scholar Zhang with a maid serving wine in a garden landscape. Inscription on base. Cup b has a scene from the 'West Chamber' (Xixiang Ji) of Scholar Zhang glimpsing Cui Yingying, and the monk Facong telling Zhang who she is, all in a garden landscape. Inscription on base.

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