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Updated: 14 April 2015
Porcelain cup with rounded sides and everted rim. The cup has iron red enamel over yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 48 millimetres
- Diameter: 83 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Jiajing nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
Inscription CommentJiajing mark and period
Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:
Cup with red glaze
Potters applied a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Jiajing period to the base and then covered the whole cup in a transparent glaze. It was then covered with an iron-red glaze and fired at a lower temperature to fix this red colour. In the sixteenth century, potters generally made low-fired overglaze iron-red monochromes rather than high-fired copper-red porcelains as they were much easier to control and caused less wastage when completing imperial orders. Iron-red sits nearer to the surface over the glaze, and appears rather matt. It is easily worn.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue, transparent glaze and iron-red glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Jaijing mark and period, AD 1522–1566
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Object reference number: RRC38907
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