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Porcelain cup. Decorated inside with blue and white cloud scroll medallion against yellow ground. Outside, Three Friends of Winter motif, with prunus, bamboo and pine in underglaze blue against yellow ground. There is a mark on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 40 millimetres
- Diameter: 78 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Jiajing mark in a double circle underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:
Blue-and-yellow cup with the Three Friends of Winter
Chinese people read this design of pine, bamboo and prunus as the 歲寒三友 (suihan sanyou ‘The Three Friends of Winter’). Pine trees are evergreen and grow for a long time, representing stability and longevity; bamboo, another evergreen, symbolises the educated Confucian, an ideal gentleman-scholar who should be like a bamboo stem, bending not breaking in adverse conditions; and the plum stands for purity as well as leadership, as it is the first flower to bloom in China in the New Year. It has an apocryphal reign mark of the Jiajing period on the base.
Porcelain decorated in underglaze cobalt blue and yellow glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800
Porcelain cup. Decorated inside with blue and white cloud scroll medallion against yellow ground. Outside, Three Friends of Winter motif, with prunus, bamboo and pine in underglaze blue against yellow ground. Mark on base.
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Object reference number: RRC39652
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