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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: 38 millimetres
- Diameter: 83 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-characters Chenghua mark in a double rectangle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:
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
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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Object reference number: RRC39658
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