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stem cup

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Description

    Porcelain stem cup . Covered with dark greenish-brown opaque glaze, including inside hollow stem. Inscription inside foot.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1800-1850
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 55 millimetres
    • Diameter: 73 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Position

        Inside the foot
      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Content

      • Inscription Transliteration

        Zhiben tang
      • Inscription Translation

        Hall of the Roots of Plants
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A570

    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


  • Bibliography

    • Pierson & Barnes 2002 p.114, no.100 (and base) bibliographic details
    • Medley 1973 p.39, no.A570 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.40, no.A570 bibliographic details
    • Wilson 1998 pp 138-139, no.59 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc36/sh9

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Porcelain stem cup . Covered with dark greenish-brown opaque glaze, including inside hollow stem. Inscription inside foot.

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