Porcelain 'chicken cup' wine-cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue washes and outlines and overglaze green, red, yellow, and brown enamels. Design on the exterior of rooster, hen and chicks with lilies and peony shrubs behind rocks. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 40 millimetres
- Diameter: 82 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription TransliterationDa Qing Kangxi nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Qing dynasty Kangxi reign
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
Doucai ‘Chicken cup’
In China, an image of a chicken is a rebus for good luck because the words for chicken 雞and lucky 吉are both pronounced ji. Artists depicted the theme of a hen pecking for food with her chicks first in paintings and these probably inspired the porcelain versions. This cup is a Qing dynasty, Kangxi period copy of a Ming doucai cup. There is six-character Kangxi mark in underglaze blue on the base.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze doucai-style enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1722
Porcelain 'chicken cup' wine-cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue washes and outlines and overglaze green, red, yellow, and brown enamels. Design on the outside of rooster, hen and chicks with lilies and peony shrubs behind rocks. Mark on base.
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