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  • Description

    Three porcelain cups with curving sides, slightly flared rim, and two shallow loop handles. The cups have pale yellow enamel on the exterior, plain white glaze on the interior. There is a narrow band of incised dragons on the exterior. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 44 millimetres
    • Diameter: 73 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Qing Kangxi nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Kangxi mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF 590

    Three cups with narrow band of dragons

    These three cups demonstrate an attractive use of a monochrome yellow glaze at Jingdezhen. This colour glaze was used to decorate court porcelain for some five hundred years of the imperial era in China from AD 1403 to AD 1911. Potters fired the cups twice, first at a porcelain temperature of around 1280 to1320 °C and then in a second, lower-temperature firing to vitrify the lead-fluxed, iron-pigmented glaze. The base has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Kangxi period.

    Porcelain, incised, with underglaze cobalt-blue marks, transparent and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1722


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.26, no.590 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.27, no.590 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc42/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: PDF 590 b & c. Sold at sotheby's - 15th October 1968.

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