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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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 68 millimetres
- Diameter: 80 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix characters Chengua markwritten horizontally in the stem
Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39692
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