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  • Description

    Porcelain cup with rounded sides and everted rim. The cup has yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 48 millimetres
    • Diameter: 92 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Jiajing nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Jiajing reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Underglaze blue Jiajing mark and period
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 551

    Cup with yellow glaze

    This 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 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 base has a six-character underglaze blue reign mark of the Jiajing period.

    Porcelain 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


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.20, no.551 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.20, no.551 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.61, no.44 (yellow cup) bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc41/sh2

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Porcelain cup with rounded sides and everted rim. Yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

Porcelain cup with rounded sides and everted rim. Yellow enamel over a plain felspathic glaze. Mark in underglaze blue on base.

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