Set of twelve porcelain wine-cups with deep sides. The wine-cups have a fine white eggshell body. There is a different seasonal tree, shrub or flower, to represent one of the twelve months, in 'famille verte' palette enamel and underglaze blue on the exterior of each cup.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 50 millimetres
- Diameter: 65 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Kangxi nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qing dynasty, Kangxi reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Kangxi mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
A set of twelve wucai month wine cups
Each of these dozen porcelain wine cups is decorated in underglaze blue and in translucent overglaze colours, with a different flower motif pertaining to the twelve months of the lunar year, and each is accompanied by a couplet ending with the seal 賞 (shang ‘appreciation or reward’). The porcelain is so thin you can see the calligraphy through the walls of the cups without additional lighting. According to Yang Boda, the first month is represented by wintersweet, 2. apricot, 3. crab-apple or peach, 4. peony, 5. pomegranate, 6. lotus, 7. orchid, 8. cassia, 9. chrysanthemum, 10. rose, 11 white-flowering prunus, 12. narcissus. It is extremely rare to see a complete set of these cups.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi marks and period, about AD 1700Sets of 12 Kangxi month cups are in The Palace Museum, Beijing and Nanjing Museum. Regarding the ordering of the cups, there are different opinions from different researchers. For example there are different orders in the catalogue “Qing Imperial Porcelain of the Kangxi, Yongzheng and Qianlong Regins” (清瓷萃珍－清代康雍乾官窯瓷器) published by Art Museum The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and also in April 2009 “Idemitsu Museum of Arts Journal of Art” (出光美術館研究紀要. .
Set of twelve deep porcelain wine-cups. Fine white eggshell porcelain, each cup decorated in 'famille verte' enamels and underglaze blue. A different seasonal tree, shrub or flower represents each of the twelve months.
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