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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 50 millimetres
- Diameter: 75 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Chenghua mark in a double square in underglaze blue.
Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:
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
On display: G95/dc60
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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Object reference number: RRC39655
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