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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,B.648

  • Description

    Small porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with seascape featuring a European galleon, a mermaid playing a violin, rocks, clouds, a building and waves. Band of French inscription around rim. Inside in the centre is a flower head with flying birds in double circle, and scrolling leaves and birds at the rim. There is an inscription on the base.

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  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1662-1722
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 52 millimetres
    • Diameter: 90 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        inscription
      • Inscription Language

        French
      • Inscription Comment

        Stylised reign mark consisting of a square with chevrons in a large double circle. Inscription on the cup reading Gardes vous de la syrene (Beware of the siren)
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:

    PDF B648

    Export porcelain blue-and-white cup


    Sir Percival David bought very little European market export ware. This small cup and the saucer (PDF 651) are decorated with a European ship and the French inscription ‘Gardes vous de la syrene’ (Beware of the siren). In Greek legend sirens (mermaid-like creatures) lured sailors into dangerous waters by making enchanting sounds hoping to shipwreck them on the rocks.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Qing dynasty, Kangxi mark and period, AD 1662–1722

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  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1976 p.63, no.B648 (set with B651) bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2004 p.87, no.B648 (set with B651) bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case24/sh2

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,B.648

Small porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with seascape featuring a European galleon, a mermaid playing a violin, rocks, clouds, a building and waves. Band of French inscription around rim. Inside in the centre is a flower head with flying birds in double circle, and scrolling leaves and birds at the rim. Inscription on base.

Small porcelain cup. Underglaze blue with seascape featuring a European galleon, a mermaid playing a violin, rocks, clouds, a building and waves. Band of French inscription around rim. Inside in the centre is a flower head with flying birds in double circle, and scrolling leaves and birds at the rim. Inscription on base.

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