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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.714

  • Description

    Porcelain cup in the form of a Ming doucai 'Chicken cup'. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes, and overglaze iron red, yellow, black and green enamels. Outside painted with cockerel and hen with five chicks in a landscape. There is a mark on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1736-1795
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 39 millimetres
    • Diameter: 76 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Chenghua mark in a double rectangle in pale underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:

    PDF A714

    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. This cup is a Qing dynasty, Qianlong period copy of a Ming doucai cup. Decorators of the Ming examples used layers of coloured enamels to suggest different textures, but the development of a palette of opaque enamels in the Qing dynasty allowed shading as we see here. There is an apocryphal six-character Chenghua mark in a double rectangle in pale underglaze blue on the base.


    Porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze iron-red, yellow, black and green enamels
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Qianlong period, AD 1736-1795

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.43, no.34 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.53, no.A714 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.56, no.196 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case31/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.714

Porcelain cup in form of Ming Wine-cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes, and overglaze iron red, yellow, black and green enamels. Outside painted with cock and hen with five chicks in landscape. Mark on base.

Porcelain cup in form of Ming Wine-cup. Decorated in doucai style with underglaze blue outlines and washes, and overglaze iron red, yellow, black and green enamels. Outside painted with cock and hen with five chicks in landscape. Mark on base.

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