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Porcelain stem cup with rounded sides, everted mouth rim and hollow spreading foot. The stem cup is glazed on the base and inner stem. There are three fish in underglaze copper red on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze cobalt blue in the centre.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 83 millimetres
- Diameter: 81 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription PositionInside in the centre
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Xuande nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
Inscription CommentSix-character archaistic Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue inside the cup
Published PDF date : Ming late 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Stem cup with copper-red fish
Chinese people regard paired fish as a rebus (visual pun) for abundance as the words for both fish 魚 and abundance 餘, are pronounced yu. The base has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue Xuande reign mark.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722
R. L. Hobson, 1934 records: Illustrated in "The Art of the Chinese Potter", Plate CVIII, fig.1. See also "Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society", 1930-1931, p.17.
Porcelain stem cup with rounded sides, everted mouth rim and hollow spreading foot. Three fish in underglaze copper red on exterior.The base and inner stem are glazed. Mark in underglaze cobalt blue in centre.
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Object reference number: RRC38965
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