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Updated: 14 April 2015
Porcelain stem cup . Covered with dark greenish-brown opaque glaze, including inside hollow stem. Inscription inside foot.
- Made in: Jingdezhen
- (Asia,China,Jiangxi (province),Jingdezhen)
- Height: 55 millimetres
- Diameter: 73 millimetres
Inscription PositionInside the foot
Inscription TransliterationZhiben tang
Inscription TranslationHall of the Roots of Plants
Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:
Stem cup with inscription
This stem cup is neck and is covered in a speckled green glaze. Connoisseurs in China, Europe and Japan have developed a sophisticated vocabulary for describing monochrome porcelains. For example the flecked-green wares such as these are called ‘tea-dust’ glazed wares. The glaze is coloured by iron-pigments. There is an inscription inside the foot which reads 植本堂 (Zhiben Tang 'Hall of the Roots of Plants'). This mark is mentioned in the Taoya where it states that it was mostly used for ‘tea-dust’ glazed wares in the Jiaqing and Daoguang periods of the Qing dynasty.
Porcelain with tea-dust glaze
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, about 1800–1850
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Object reference number: RRC39473
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