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wine-cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.711

  • Description

    Porcelain wine-cup. Decorated on the exterior in overglaze red enamel with dragons among waves and clouds. Pair with PDF6616a, which is in the study collection.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1862-1874
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 49 millimetres
    • Diameter: 60 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six character Tongzhi mark in underglaze blue on the base
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Tongzhi 1862-1874Room 95 label text:

    PDF B711

    Wine cup with dragon among waves and clouds


    On the death of her husband, the Xianfeng emperor in 1861, Cixi became Empress Dowager. Through a series of regencies and palace coups she pulled the strings behind the throne until her own death in 1908. She re-established a system of rewarding top candidates in the Civil Service Exams with ceramics and ordered large quantities of porcelains for the palace from Jingdezhen. So to some extent she may be credited with the Tongzhi revival at Jingdezhen. Although the imperial kilns were closed between 1856 and 1864, because of the Taiping rebellion, manufacture continued at private kilns. The base of this cup carries a six-character Tongzhi mark in underglaze blue.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue and in overglaze red
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Tongzhi mark and period, AD 1862–1874

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1978 p.57, no.201 bibliographic details
    • Feng 2006 p.79, B711 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case32/sh6

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Margaret Medley 1978 records: Purchased in 1966. PDF card: both examples were purchased in 1966 from Bluet & Son for £15.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.711

Porcelain wine-cup. Decorated on the outside in overglaze red enamel with dragons among waves and clouds. Pair with PDF6616a, which is in the study collection.

Porcelain wine-cup. Decorated on the outside in overglaze red enamel with dragons among waves and clouds. Pair with PDF6616a, which is in the study collection.

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