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Porcelain cup with straight sides and a low foot ring. There is a peach, a persimmon and a pomegranate in underglaze copper red on the exterior. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 50 millimetres
- Diameter: 75 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription TransliterationZhengde nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Zhengde reign
Inscription CommentFour-character Zhengde mark on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Zhengde 1506-1521Room 95 label text:
Cup with three copper-red fruits
This cup is decorated with three fruits: a peach, a persimmon and a pomegranate in underglaze red. The three fruits symbolise the Three Abundances: long life, happiness and children. In the sixteenth century, mostly potters at Jingdezhen substituted underglaze copper-red with overglaze iron-red which was much easier to control and caused less wastage when completing imperial orders. On the base is a four-character Zhengde reign mark in underglaze blue in a double ring.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Zhengde mark and period, AD 1506–1521
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Object reference number: RRC38949
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