Porcelain cup with everted mouth rim, tapeing sides, and straight, low footring. There are four medallions of linghzi fungus with floral frames in Doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze red, green and yellow enamel on the exterior, and double lines on the mouth and footring. There is a mark in underglaze blue on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 47 millimetres
- Diameter: 74 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Inscription CommentSix-character Wanli mark in a double rectangle in overglaze red partly concealing a six-character Chenghua mark in a similar rectangle in underglaze blue on the base.
Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:
Doucai cup with linghzi fungus
Four 靈芝 (lingzhi ‘longevity fungi’) are painted in medallions in underglaze blue and in-filled in overglaze enamels around the outside of this small cup. Coloured enamels of the Chenghua period are lighter and more delicately applied than these. Archaeologists’ discovery of a rubbish heap of a large number of broken and rejected genuine Chenghua porcelains at the imperial kiln site at Jingdezhen revolutionised scholars’ knowledge of patterns and forms of doucai . This example was made in the sixteenth rather than the fifteenth century. It has a six-character Wanli mark in a double rectangle in overglaze red partly concealing a six-character Chenghua mark in a similar rectangle in underglaze blue on the base.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze red, green and yellow enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
PDF card: Previous owner: H. R. N. Norton Collection.
Porcelain cup with everted mouth rim, tapeing sides, and straight, low footring. Doucai style decoration with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze red, green and yellow enamels. Four medallions of linghzi fungus with floral frames on exterior, with double lines on the mouth and footring. Mark on base in underglaze blue.
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