saucer / cup
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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Diameter: 131 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Kangxi nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
Inscription CommentKangxi mark and period
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
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
On display: G95/dc42/sh8
PDF cards: PDF 567 c & d. Sold at Sotheby's - 15th October 1968. PDF 568 a & b. Sold at Sotheby's - 15th October 1968
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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Object reference number: RRC38912
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