Set of five tea-bowls. Underglaze blue with stylised flower sprays supporting shou characters. On the interior of each porcelain bowl is a similar flower spray and shou character in a double circle. There is an inscription on the base.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 50 millimetres
- Diameter: 93 millimetres
Inscription PositionOn the base
Inscription Transliterationda Ming nian zhi
Inscription TranslationMade in the Great Ming period
Published PDF date : Ming early 17th centuryRoom 95 label text:
Set of five cups with stylised flower sprays
As demand for the court declined, Jingdezhen potters eagerly accepted orders from middle-class customers in China, as well as exporting wares to the Middle East, Europe and Japan. These cups are table wares which were made in sets of five for Japanese clients. Outside they are painted with flowers. The bases have apocryphal大明年製 (da Ming nian zhi ‘made in the Great Ming period’) on their bases. Inside each one is a flower and a 壽 (shou ‘longevity’) character.
Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue decoration
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Ming dynasty, about AD 1600–1630
Set of five tea-bowls. Underglaze blue with stylised flower sprays supporting shou characters. On the inside of each porcelain bowl is a similar flower spray and shou character in a double circle. Inscription on base.
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