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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.631

  • Description

    Set of five porcelain cups with rounded sides, straight rims and small foot rings. There is a scene with a man and a servant boy returning to a village by moonlight in underglaze cobalt blue on one side and with a village landscape in underglaze cobalt blue on the other. Each with a mark on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1600-1630
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 58 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        On base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        成化年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Chenghua nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Chenghua reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Four-character archaistic Chenghua mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 631

    Set of five cups with a man and his servant


    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. Outside they are painted with a man and his servant returning to a village by moonlight. The bases have apocryphal four-character underglaze blue Chenghua reign marks.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, about AD 1600–1630

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 142, pl. CXLI(b) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.20, no.631 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.28, no.631 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc23/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: From the Collection of Prince Ito. PDF card: Prince Ito Collection, Japan.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.631

Set of five porcelain cups with rounded sides, straight rims and small foot rings. Decorated on the outside in underglaze cobalt blue. Scene of a man and a servant boy returning to a village by moonlight on one side and with a village landscape on the other. Each with a mark on the base.

Set of five porcelain cups with rounded sides, straight rims and small foot rings. Decorated on the outside in underglaze cobalt blue. Scene of a man and a servant boy returning to a village by moonlight on one side and with a village landscape on the other. Each with a mark on the base.

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