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Small porcelain bowl. Decorated in doucai style, with underglaze blue outlines and washes of red, green and yellow overglaze enamels. Five stylised lotus sprays outside, each holding a treasure, between bands of blue double lines. Inside undecorated, mark on base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 30 millimetres
- Diameter: 72 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Chenghua mark in a double rectangle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Qing Yongzheng 1723-1735Room 95 label text:
Doucai cup with the ‘Five Treasures’
Outside, this twice-fired shallow cup is decorated with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels in doucai style. The design is unusual and shows five lotuses supporting offerings. These are the 五珍寶 (wu zhen bao ‘Five Treasures’: lotus, sacred mountain, peach, conch shell and candlestick). Potters at Jingdezhen made copies of this design seen here in the Qing dynasty. Genuine Chenghua porcelain has a mild yellow cast, is slightly irregular in form and the compositions of the motifs are well-balanced where as Qing porcelain is a purer colour and the enamels are flatter. There is a six-character Chenghua mark in a double rectangle in underglaze blue on the base.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze enamels in doucai-style
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800
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Object reference number: RRC39619
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