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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.602

  • Description

    Set of five porcelain cups with rounded sides and high, straight foot. There is a night scene of a boat drifting near a shrine on the banks of a river. The cups are inscribed and marked.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1621-1627
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 66 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on the base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明成化年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Chenghua reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Archaistic Chenghua reign mark
      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Position

        on the outside
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        夜半籦聲到客船
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Yeban zhong sheng daoke chuan
      • Inscription Translation

        At midnight the sound of the bell reaches the traveller's boat
      • Inscription Comment

        Seven-character inscription reading 'Yeban zhong sheng daoke chuan' [At midnight the sound of the bell reaches the traveller's boat].
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 602

    Set of five cups with a night scene


    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. The base has an apocryphal underglaze blue Chenghua reign mark. Each cup is painted with a night scene and with a seven-character inscription reading夜半籦聲到客船 (Yeban zhong sheng daoke chuan ‘At midnight the sound of the bell reaches the traveller's boat’].


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Tianqi period, AD 1621–1627

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson 1934 p. 142, pl. CXLI(d) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.15, no.602, pl.I bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.22, no.602 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case23/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.602

Set of five porcelain cups with rounded sides and high, straight foot. Night scene of a boat drifting near a shrine on the banks of a river. Inscribed and marked.

Set of five porcelain cups with rounded sides and high, straight foot. Night scene of a boat drifting near a shrine on the banks of a river. Inscribed and marked.

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