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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.748

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 38 millimetres
    • Diameter: 83 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-characters Chenghua mark in a double rectangle in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A748

    Doucai ‘Chicken cup‘


    Artists depicted the theme of a hen pecking for food with her chicks first in paintings and these probably inspired the porcelain versions. Decorators used layers of coloured enamels to suggest different textures, for example the cockerels’ feathers are indicated with tiny red strokes and the hen’s wing is outlined in red against her yellow feathers. This is several hundred years before the development of a palette of opaque enamels which would allow shading.


    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. 110 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2001 p. 54, no. 49 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.14, no.7 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.60, no.A748 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989A p.73, no.42 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.73, no.61 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989b p.85, no.79 (left) bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006a pp 22-23, no. 10 (left) bibliographic details
    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 pp 74-75, no.37 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc60

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.748

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.

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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