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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 39 millimetres
- Diameter: 76 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positionon base
Inscription CommentSix-character Chenghua mark in a double rectangle in pale underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Qing Qianlong 1736-1795Room 95 label text:
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
On display: G95/dc31/sh8
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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Object reference number: RRC39622
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