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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.573

  • Description

    Porcelain stem-cup with rounded sides and a flared rim on a straight stem. The stem-cup has yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze, with the interior of stem glazed bluish-white. There are two dragons among clouds in low moulded relief on the interior of the cup. There is an inscription on the foot.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 11 millimetres
    • Diameter: 155 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明嘉靖年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Jiajing mark and period
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF 573

    Stem cup with yellow glaze


    This stem cup demonstrates 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 stem cup 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 foot has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Jiajing period.


    Porcelain, moulded, with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, transparent and yellow glazes
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott & Kerr 1994 p.17, no.6, mark p.47 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.24, no.573 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 pp 23-24, no.573 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc41/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.573

Porcelain stem-cup with rounded sides and a flared rim on a straight stem. Yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Two dragons among clouds in low moulded relief inside the cup. Inside stem glazed bluish-white. Inscription on the foot.

Porcelain stem-cup with rounded sides and a flared rim on a straight stem. Yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Two dragons among clouds in low moulded relief inside the cup. Inside stem glazed bluish-white. Inscription on the foot.

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