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Porcelain cup. The cup has a white body and pale blue-toned glaze. There are two flower sprays incised on the side. The base is partially glazed. Pair with A477.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 79 millimetres
- Diameter: 76 millimetres
Room 95 label text:
Cup with incised flower sprays
Dehua wares of the period AD 1600–1911 are typified by figures and vessels with a granular sugary white body and either a blue tinged or creamy white glaze. The pure whiteness of these ceramics is due to the relative absence of iron impurities in the body - indeed the clay used contains only half a percent of ferric oxide. Plain white porcelains from the Dehua kilns in Fujian, south-eastern China are known in the West by the nineteenth-century French connoisseurs’ term Blanc de Chine.
Porcelain with incised decoration and transparent glaze
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Qing dynasty, about AD 1644–1680
PDF card: Elphinstone Gift
Object reference number: RRC39375