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saucer / cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.835

  • Description

    Twelve porcelain cups with saucers. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' palette enamels. On the exterior of cups, rooster standing on a rock beside a clump of peonies, beneath a shaped gilt border. Two seals in iron red enamel.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1720-1740
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Diameter: 114 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Unmarked. Seal of the artist Baishi shanren (Hermit of the mountain) above the peonies
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:

    PDF A835

    Set of twelve cups and saucers with cockerel and tree peonies


    A new opaque palette of overglaze colours developed in China around AD 1720. A new opaque white greatly increased the shades of colours available to the potters, and a new pink gave the overall palette a softer feel. Although pink, made using gold, was introduced from the West, European and Chinese craftsmen employed quite different recipes to achieve it. This group of egg-shell thin porcelains is known as ruby-backed wares because of the monochrome pink colour on their outer walls. Two seals in red give the name of the artist Baishi shanren (Hermit of the White Rock).


    Porcelain with fencai enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1720–1740

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  • Bibliography

    • Lady David 1973 p.37, no.A835 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1991 p.56, no.A835 bibliographic details
    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 pp 70-71, no.59 (12 cups and saucers) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case33/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.835

Five porcelain cups with saucers. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' enamels. On the outside of cups, rooster standing on a rock beside a clump of peonies, beneath a shaped gilt border. Two seals in iron red enamel.

Five porcelain cups with saucers. Fine white eggshell porcelain decorated in 'famille rose' enamels. On the outside of cups, rooster standing on a rock beside a clump of peonies, beneath a shaped gilt border. Two seals in iron red enamel.

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