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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.669

  • Description

    Porcelain stem cup. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling flowers including lotus, chrysanthemum and camellia. Band of scrolling lingzhi on stem and narrow band of detached flower heads above base. Inscription inside in double circle.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1426-1435
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 92 millimetres
    • Diameter: 101 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        mark
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Six-character Xuande mark in a double ring in underglaze blue inside the cup
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming XuandeRoom 95 label text:

    PDF B669

    Stem cup with composite flower scroll


    Potters painted this porcelain stem cup with underglaze blue flowers. Inside is a Xuande reign mark in a double ring. Craftsmen at Jingdezhen thoroughly processed the local clay to remove any impurities. This resulted in highly refined clay which was purer, whiter, and finer in the early fifteenth century than in any other period of the Ming dynasty.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Xuande mark and period, AD1426–35

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  • Bibliography

    • Hobson, Rackham & King 1931 p.169, Fig. 308 bibliographic details
    • Medley 1976 p.67, no.B669 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.92, no.B669 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case18/sh3

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition notes

    Hobson, Rackham and King 1931 record in the Charles Russell Collection. PDF card: Acquired Sotheby sale June 6, 1935 lot 48 via Yamanaka for £52 from the Russell Collection.

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.669

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling flowers including lotus, chrysanthemum and camellia. Band of scrolling lingzhi on stem and narrow band of detached flower heads above base. Inscription inside in double circle.

Stem porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with wide band of scrolling flowers including lotus, chrysanthemum and camellia. Band of scrolling lingzhi on stem and narrow band of detached flower heads above base. Inscription inside in double circle.

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