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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Diameter: 66 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon the base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Chenghua nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Chenghua reign
Inscription CommentArchaistic Chenghua reign mark
Inscription Positionon the outside
Inscription TransliterationYeban zhong sheng daoke chuan
Inscription TranslationAt midnight the sound of the bell reaches the traveller's boat
Inscription CommentSeven-character inscription reading 'Yeban zhong sheng daoke chuan' [At midnight the sound of the bell reaches the traveller's boat].
Published PDF date : Ming 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
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
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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