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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.779

  • Description

    Porcelain stem cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze green, transparent putouzi (grape purple) and yellow enamels. Design of grapevines around the exterior. Partly hollow glazed stem, with mark.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 68 millimetres
    • Diameter: 80 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six characters Chengua markwritten horizontally in the stem
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF 779

    Doucai ‘Grape stemcup‘


    In common with the chicken cups, grape cups may derive their design from paintings. Grapes were used as a decorative motif on porcelain in the Yuan dynasty (AD 1279–1368) but this doucai design is different, being more subtle in its composition. The porcelain decorators attempted to lend liveliness to the design by colouring the grapes with shades of aubergine, using green for the foliage, yellow and red for the vines. Chenghua grape stemcups are smaller and more delicate than any other Chinese stemcups made previously. Copies of Chenghua chicken cups and grape cups have been made continuously from the sixteenth century to the present day.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamel decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD1465–87

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 111 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p.24, no.17 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989B p.85, no.78 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 pp 13-14, no.4 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 40-41, no. 11 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 pp 71-72, no.A779 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case60

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.779

Porcelain stem cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze green, transparent putouzi (grape purple) and yellow enamels. Design of grapevines around the outside. Partly hollow glazed stem, with mark.

Porcelain stem cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze green, transparent putouzi (grape purple) and yellow enamels. Design of grapevines around the outside. Partly hollow glazed stem, with mark.

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