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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.711

  • Description

    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.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 30 millimetres
    • Diameter: 72 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

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

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

    PDF A711

    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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  • Bibliography

    • Feng 2006 p 52-53, no.A711 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1978 p.47, no.151 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case31/sh7

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.711

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.

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