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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.628

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 83 millimetres
    • Diameter: 81 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        Inside in the centre
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明宣德年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Xuande nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Xuande reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character archaistic Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue inside the cup
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming late 16th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 628

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 139, pl. CXXXVIII(a) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.20, no.628, pl.I bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.28, no.628 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    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.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.628

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.

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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