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Dehua porcelain cup in the shape of a carved rhinoceros horn cup. The cup has a white body and clear glaze. There is a qilin looking up at a bat, moon, and pine branches in relief under the rim. The base is unglazed.
- Made in: Dehua
- (Asia,China,Fujian (province),Dehua)
- Height: 80 millimetres
- Width: 147 millimetres
- Depth: 110 millimetres
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Cup with mythical beast
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. This cup is modelled on a carved rhinoceros horn cup and has relief decoration of a mythical creature called a qilin.
Porcelain with transparent glaze
Dehua ware 德化窯
Dehua, Fujian province 德化, 福建省
Qing dynasty, about AD 1644–1700
PDF card: Elphinstone Gift.
White Dehua porcelain cup in the shape of a rhinoceros horn. Covered with cream white glaze. Relief design of a 'Kylin' looking up at a bat and moon, with pine branches under the rim. Base unglazed.
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Object reference number: RRC39365
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