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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.685

  • Description

    Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with garden landscape including rocks, trees and flying birds. Lotus petals and plantain leaves in pencilled style on stem. Roundel with five-clawed dragon among clouds inside. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 115 millimetres
    • Diameter: 121 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Jiajing
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Jiajing 1522-1566Room 95 label text:

    PDF A685

    Blue-and-white stem cup


    Cobalt pigment used for imperial wares during the second half of the sixteenth century has a distinctive strong, dark, and even tone. Inside the stem cup shows a five-clawed dragon in a roundel. Outside it is painted with birds in a landscape. The base carries a Jiajing reign mark in underglaze blue.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–1566

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1975 Monochrome pl. 131 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.50, no.A685, pl.IX bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.71, no.A685 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case20/sh7

  • Conservation

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    Treatment date

    23 March 2009

    Reason for treatment

    Permanent Exhibition

    Treatment proposal

    Clean and re-do fills.

    Condition

    The object has been broken in the past, reconstructed and some areas have been filled. The old joins are stable and fairly clean but the fills have decoloured and are very noticeable, distracting the eye from the object.

    Treatment details

    The old fills were removed with scalpel and stem cleaning. The join interfaces were steam cleaned with de-ionised water to remove ingrained dirt, dried with paper towels. Allowed to dry fully for one week under a cover to prevent dirt and dust contaminating the clean areas. Gap filled with Fynebond epoxy resin which was bulked heavily with Aerosil 805 fumed silica and coloured with artists' dry ground pigments. Resin was applied with a metal spatula, allowed to cure fully for 2 days, then shaved back to the correct size. Resin was polished with Micromesh fine abrasive cloth (silicon carbide/aluminium oxide) grades 2400, 3600, 4000, 6000, 8000 and 12000. Object was further cleaned with a 50:50 solution of de-ionised water and Industrial methylated spirits (ethanol, methanol) applied on a cotton wool swab and dried with a paper towel.

    About these records 

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.685

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with garden landscape including rocks, trees and flying birds. Lotus petals and plantain leaves in pencilled style on stem. Roundel with five-clawed dragon among clouds inside. Inscription on base.

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with garden landscape including rocks, trees and flying birds. Lotus petals and plantain leaves in pencilled style on stem. Roundel with five-clawed dragon among clouds inside. Inscription on base.

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