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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 78 millimetres
- Diameter: 67 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix characters Chengua mark written horizontally inside the stem
Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:
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.
PDF card: from Wu Lai-hsi sale, May 26, 1937 lot 78 (?) at £28 via Fairfax. Wu Lai-Hsi Collection.
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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Object reference number: RRC39695
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