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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.781

  • Description

    Porcelain stem cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Around the exterior, design of birds perched on flowering branches. Hollow, glazed stem with mark inside.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 78 millimetres
    • Diameter: 67 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six characters Chengua mark written horizontally inside the stem
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:

    PDF A781

    Doucai stem cup with birds on fruiting branches


    This stem cup has a six character underglaze blue Chengua reign mark written horizontally inside the stem. The enamels on this stem cup have burned black. The original colours would have been green leaves, brown branches, yellow and red fruits. The cup was part of a group of seventeen porcelain stem cups damaged in a fire in the Forbidden City in Beijing in 1923. Identical stem cups with burned decoration are in the British Museum, Victoria and Albert Museum and the Palace Museum, Beijing. Sir Percival David purchased his stem cup from the Wu Laixi collection in 1937.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD 1465–1487See 1943.02-15.13 for the British Museum stem cup with burned decoration.

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.15, no.9 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.72, no.A781 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc31/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    PDF card: from Wu Lai-hsi sale, May 26, 1937 lot 78 (?) at £28 via Fairfax. Wu Lai-Hsi Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.781

Porcelain stem cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Around the outside, design of birds perched on flowering branches. Hollow, glazed stem with mark inside.

Porcelain stem cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze enamels. Around the outside, design of birds perched on flowering branches. Hollow, glazed stem with mark inside.

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