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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF.491

  • Description

    Porcelain cup with everted rim. The cup has a white body, covered with a blue-tinged glaze. There is an incised design of cloud collar around the exterior rim, a flower and leaf scroll round the main body, and lappets round the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1628-1644
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 94 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Content

        大明重振年製
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Da Ming Chongzhen nian zhi
      • Inscription Translation

        Made in the Ming dynasty, Chongzhen reign
      • Inscription Comment

        Underglaze blue mark Chongzhen
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Chongzhen 1628-44Room 95 label text:

    PDF 491

    Cup with incised design


    This high-quality cup was made at Jingdezhen and has an underglaze blue mark of the Chongzhen emperor on the base.


    Porcelain with incised design, underglaze cobalt-blue mark and a clear glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Chongzhen mark and period, AD 1628–1644

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  • Location

    G95/dc45/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: Kempe Collection, No. 698.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF.491

White porcelain cup with everted rim, covered with a blue-tinged glaze. Decorated with an incised design of cloud collar around the outside rim; a flower and leaf scroll round the main body and lappets round the base.

White porcelain cup with everted rim, covered with a blue-tinged glaze. Decorated with an incised design of cloud collar around the outside rim; a flower and leaf scroll round the main body and lappets round the base.

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