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wine-cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.745

  • Description

    Porcelain wine-cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze yellow, red and green enamels. On outside walls, four 'kui' dragons with lotus sprigs in their mouths, within medallions. Segments of flower sprays in between. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 50 millimetres
    • Diameter: 75 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in a double square in underglaze blue.
  • Curator's comments

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

    PDF A745

    Doucai wine cup with mythical beasts


    This beautiful doucai porcelain wine cup is decorated with four 夔龍(kuilong ‘kui dragons’) in roundels arranged in confronting pairs. These dragons have a snout like an elephant’s trunk, lotus in their mouths, wings and scrolling tails. The colours are cleverly alternated and changed in each roundel and half flower. Scholars have proposed a connection between these doucai wares and the Chenghua emperor’s favourite mistress, Concubine Wan 萬貴妃 (AD 1430–1487). She entered the palace at the age of four to serve at the Xuande emperor’s court. Concubine Wan was seventeen years senior to the Chenghua emperor. She gradually manipulated him, promoting the advancement of herself and her family.


    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 Colour pl. 54 and p. 312 (Mark p. 277) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.14, no.6 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.59, no.A745, colour p.41 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case60

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.745

Porcelain wine-cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze yellow, red and green enamels. On outside walls, four 'kui' dragons with lotus sprigs in their mouths, within medallions. Segments of flower sprays in between. Mark on base.

Porcelain wine-cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes and overglaze yellow, red and green enamels. On outside walls, four 'kui' dragons with lotus sprigs in their mouths, within medallions. Segments of flower sprays in between. Mark on base.

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