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saucer / cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.567

  • Description

    Porcelain cup and saucer. The cup has rounded sides and slightly everted rim and two shallow dragon-shaped loop handles. Saucer has short flared sides and flanged central recess to hold the cup. The cup and saucer have pale yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. The cup has dragons pursuing pearls incised on the exterior. The saucer has an incised dragons among clouds, with waves at the centre and a narrow wave band at the rim, with similar motifs underneath. There is a mark in underglaze blue on each base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 131 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大清康熙年製
      • 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 567

    Cup and saucer with dragons among clouds


    This cup and saucer 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 cup and saucer 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 mark, transparent and yellow glazes glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Scott 1989 p.23, no.567 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 pp 22-23, no.567 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case42/sh8

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    17 February 2010

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Dismantle and re-bond previous repairs: rim on saucer; handle on cup.

    Condition

    Previous repair to handle of cup has slumped, resulting in misalignment. Previous repair to rim of saucer is also out of alignment and covered with clear excess adhesive. Testing shows that the adhesive on both objects is soluble in acetone. Both objects have light surface dirt.

    Treatment details

    CUP: Dismantled previous repair to handle using cotton wool swab moistened with acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone). Removed adhesive residues with acetone applied with a small brush. Washed break edges using Ariel automatic (anionic and non ionic synthetic surfactants, sodium tripolyphosphate) dissolved in warm tap water. Rinsed with warm tap water. When dry, degreased with acetone applied with a small brush. Re-bonded handle using Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) 50% w/v in acetone applied with the tip of a metal pin. When partially set, picked off excess adhesive using the tip of a metal pin. When completely set, removed remaining adhesive residue with a cotton wool swab lightly moistened with acetone.

    SAUCER: Dismantled previous repair to handle using cotton wool swab moistened with acetone (propan-1-one/dimethyl ketone). Removed adhesive residues with acetone applied with a small brush. Washed break edges using Ariel automatic (anionic and non ionic synthetic surfactants, sodium tripolyphosphate) dissolved in warm tap water. Rinsed with warm tap water. When dry, degreased with acetone applied with a small brush. Re-bonded handle using Paraloid B72 (ethyl methacrylate copolymer) 50% w/v in acetone applied with the tip of a metal pin. When partially set, picked off excess adhesive using the tip of a metal pin. When completely set, removed remaining adhesive residue with a cotton wool swab lightly moistened with acetone. Filled small areas of loss with Golden brand Restoration Glaze (clear, water-based acrylic glaze) tinted with Golden brand liquid acrylic paints applied with the tip of a metal pin.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF cards: PDF 567 c & d. Sold at Sotheby's - 15th October 1968. PDF 568 a & b. Sold at Sotheby's - 15th October 1968

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.567

Porcelain cup and saucer.  Cup has rounded sides and slightly everted rim and two shallow loop handles. Dragons pursuing pearls incised on exterior. Mark in underglaze blue on base.  Saucer has short flared sides and flanged central recess to hold the cup. Pale yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Incised dragons among clouds, with waves at the centre and a narrow wave band at the rim, with similar motifs underneath. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Porcelain cup and saucer. Cup has rounded sides and slightly everted rim and two shallow loop handles. Dragons pursuing pearls incised on exterior. Mark in underglaze blue on base. Saucer has short flared sides and flanged central recess to hold the cup. Pale yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Incised dragons among clouds, with waves at the centre and a narrow wave band at the rim, with similar motifs underneath. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

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