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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.742

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 40 millimetres
    • Diameter: 78 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Jiajing mark in a double circle underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:

    PDF A742

    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

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.48, no.155 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.58, no.A742 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/dc21/sh8

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.742

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.

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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