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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.646

  • Description

    Porcelain cup with high sides, flared rim and straight foot. There is a scene of the demolition of Rotterdam during riots in 1690 and a panel containing a cabbage plant in underglaze cobalt blue on exterior, and a man's head draped on a square plinth on centre of interior, below a narrow band of chevrons round the rim. There is a mark on the base. A set with saucer PDF 647.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1690-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 41 millimetres
    • Diameter: 64 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        On the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yu
      • Inscription Translation

        Jade
      • Inscription Comment

        On the base of each is inscribed 'Yu' (jade)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF 646

    Blue-and-white cup showing the Rotterdam riots


    Sir Percival David bought very little European market export ware. This small cup and its matching saucer (PDF 647) are painted with a scene copied from a European print showing the demolition of Rotterdam during riots of 1690. The Chinese character玉meaning jade is painted in underglaze blue on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1690–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.23, no.646 (with saucer no.647) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.31, no.646 (with saucer no.647) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004A pp 112-113, no. 48 (CUP) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.646

Porcelain cup with high sides, flared rim and straight foot. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Scene of the demolition of Rotterdam during riots in 1690 and a panel containing a cabbage plant on exterior. A man's head draped on a square plinth on inside centre, below a narrow band of chevrons round the rim. Mark on base. A set with saucer PDF 647.

Porcelain cup with high sides, flared rim and straight foot. Decorated in underglaze cobalt blue. Scene of the demolition of Rotterdam during riots in 1690 and a panel containing a cabbage plant on exterior. A man's head draped on a square plinth on inside centre, below a narrow band of chevrons round the rim. Mark on base. A set with saucer PDF 647.

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