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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    PDF,A.57

  • Description

    Guan-type ware fluted cup. White porcelain body covered in bluish-green glaze with two layers of close crackle, the wide layer stained black and the other ginger. Brown dressing applied to the mouth and the foot rim unglazed. Body reddish where exposed. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1465-1487
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Ware

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 55 millimetres
    • Diameter: 81 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

        reign mark
      • Inscription Position

        on base
      • Inscription Language

        Chinese
      • Inscription Comment

        Chenghua
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Ming Chenghua 1465-1487Room 95 label text:

    PDF A57

    Lobed wine cup with guan-type glaze


    Sir Percival David’s collection was inspired partly by a desire to acquire objects with a Chinese ‘imperial’ connection or made in Chinese ‘scholarly taste’. This wine cup, commissioned by the Chenghua emperor (AD1465–1487) and made at the imperial kilns in Jingdezhen with a copy of a 官 (guan ‘official’) celadon glaze invented in the Southern Song dynasty (AD 1127–1279) exemplifies both these interests. Archaeologists have excavated sherds of related Chenghua mark and period porcelain guan-type wares at Jingdezhen.


    Porcelain with underglaze cobalt-blue mark, guan-type crackled glaze and brown dressed foot and rim.
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period, AD1465–1487

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  • Bibliography

    • Krahl & Harrison-Hall 2009 p.16, Fig.7 bibliographic details
    • Yorke Hardy 1953 p.37, no.A57 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 2002 p.77, no.71 bibliographic details
    • Pierson 1999 pp 66-67, no.A57 bibliographic details
  • Location

    G95/case8/sh4

  • Acquisition name

  • Department

    Asia

  • Registration number

    PDF,A.57

Guan/Ge-type ware fluted cup. White porcelain body covered in bluish-green glaze with two layers of close crackle, the wide layer stained black and the other ginger. Brown dressing applied to the mouth and the foot rim unglazed. Body reddish where exposed. Inscription on base.

Guan/Ge-type ware fluted cup. White porcelain body covered in bluish-green glaze with two layers of close crackle, the wide layer stained black and the other ginger. Brown dressing applied to the mouth and the foot rim unglazed. Body reddish where exposed. Inscription on base.

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