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    Tall porcelain cup. Covered outside in opaque yellowish-green enamel of 'chicken skin' texture over plain high-fired glaze showing white inside. Base glazed.

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    • 1912-1949
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    • Height: 93 millimetres
    • Diameter: 92 millimetres
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B527

    Cup with lime green glaze

    This cup is finely potted and covered with a transparent glaze. In a second firing, potters applied a bright lime-green glaze outside. This colour was an innovation of the Yongzheng reign and was influenced by Western technology. It was made by adding copper to lead-antimonate. Chinese potters made little use of lead-antimonate, despite having large deposits of it, but in Europe it was used for a bright yellow pigment in glass, glaze and oil paint. It is likely Chinese potters indirectly learned about this technology from Jesuits working in China.

    Porcelain with transparent and yellowish-green glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Republican period, AD 1912–1949


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.48, no.B527 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 pp 48-49, no.B527 bibliographic details
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    PDF card: 1952. Elphinstone Gift

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Tall porcelain cup. Covered outside in opaque yellowish-green enamel of 'chicken skin' texture over plain high-fired glaze showing white inside. Base glazed.

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