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Porcelain stem cup . Decorated in wucai style, with underglaze blue and overglaze red, green, ochre and black enamels. Medallion with floral roundel inside in centre, with boys running with kites and banners around sides. On outside, boys playing among flowering shrubs. Flower sprays and ruyi-shaped clouds around stem. Base closed and glazed, with mark.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 80 millimetres
- Diameter: 98 millimetres
Inscription CommentSix-character Xuande mark in a double circle in underglaze blue on the base
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Stem cup with boys playing
Potters decorated this stem cup in a twice-fired technique called 五彩 (wucai ‘five colours’) composed of underglaze blue and overglaze red, yellow, and green. Chinese people regard genre scenes of children playing as auspicious, representing a wish for many sons. There is an apocryphal Xuande mark on the base in underglaze blue.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and overglaze wucai enamels
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli period, AD 1573–1620
Margaret Medley 1975, records: From the Elphinstone Collection. PDF card: Acquired before 1935. Elphinstone Collection
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Object reference number: RRC39613
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