Stem porcelain cup. There are three silhouetted fruits around the sides of the exterior, peach, persimmon and pomegranate, in underglaze red, and two five-clawed dragons incised under the glaze on the interior. There is an inscription on the central roundel.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 108 millimetres
- Diameter: 153 millimetres
Inscription Typereign mark
Inscription Positioninside in the centre
Inscription TransliterationDa Ming Wanli nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Great Ming dynasty, Wanli reign
Published PDF date : Ming Wanli 1573-1620Room 95 label text:
Stem cup with three copper-red fruits
This stem cup is decorated with three fruits: a peach, a persimmon and a pomegranate in underglaze red. The three fruits symbolise the Three Abundances: long life, happiness and children. In the sixteenth century, mostly potters at Jingdezhen substituted underglaze copper-red with overglaze iron-red which was much easier to control and caused less wastage when completing imperial orders. Inside two dragons chasing a flaming pearl are incised into the walls and there is a Wanli reign mark in underglaze blue in a double ring inside the cup in the centre.
Porcelain with incised, underglaze cobalt-blue and underglaze copper-red decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, Wanli mark and period, AD 1573–1620
Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze red with three silhouetted fruits around the sides, peach, persimmon and pomegranate. Two five-clawed dragons incised under the glaze inside and central roundel with inscription.
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Object reference number: RRC40037
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