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.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 52 millimetres
- Diameter: 90 millimetres
Inscription CommentStylised 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)
Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 1662-1722Room 95 label text:
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
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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