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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,C.624

  • Description

    Porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with figurative scene of a man carrying a child while riding a pony and followed by an attendant with luggage. Vertical inscription on one side and inscription on base. Pair with C623.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 18thC
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 65 millimetres
    • Diameter: 71 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        chinese
      • Inscription Content

        張旭三杯草聖傳
        脫帽露頂王公前
        揮毫落紙如雲煙
      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhang Xu san bei caosheng zhuan
        tuomao luding Wang Gong qian
        Hui hao luozhi ru Yunyan
      • Inscription Translation

        The story of Zhang Xu’s fondness for drink and his unique skill at calligraphy are a continual subject of conversation; Tossing off his cap he bares his head before kings and princes. His ingenious brushwork on the paper is like floating clouds.
      • Inscription Comment

        These lines are taken from a Poem by the Tang poet Du Fu 杜甫 entitled: 饮中八仙歌 Yinzhong baxian ge; sometimes known in English as, 'The eight immortals of the wine cup.'
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 17th-early 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF C624

    Blue-and-white cup showing literary pursuits


    The cup is painted with scholars admiring a calligraphy and other literary activities. On one side of the cup is an inscription which is a quotation from a Poem by the Tang poet Du Fu 杜甫 entitled: 饮中八仙歌 Yinzhong baxian ge; sometimes known in English as, 'The eight immortals of the wine cup.' 張旭三杯草聖傳脫帽露頂王公前揮毫落紙如雲煙 Zhang Xu san bei caosheng zhuan, tuomao luding Wang Gong qian, hui hao luozhi ru Yunyan. This has been translated as: ‘The story of Zhang Xu’s fondness for drink and his unique skill at calligraphy are a continual subject of conversation; Tossing off his cap he bares his head before kings and princes. His ingenious brushwork on the paper is like floating clouds.' The base has an apocryphal six-character underglaze blue Chenghua reign mark.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, about AD 1700–1800

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  • Bibliography

    • Pierson 2004 p.105, n.C624 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.77, no.C624 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh8

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,C.624

Porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with figurative scene of a man carrying a child while riding a pony and followed by an attendant with luggage. Vertical inscription on one side and inscription on base. Pair with C623.

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