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  • Description

    Porcelain cup with deep sides. The cup has a white body and dark blue finely crackled glaze, which is white at the rim and base. There is an inscription on the base.

  • Culture/period

  • Date

    • 1522-1566
  • Production place

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 82 millimetres
    • Diameter: 119 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Type

      • Inscription Language

      • Inscription Comment

        Jiajing mark in a double ring
  • Curator's comments

    Published PDF date : Qing early 18thCRoom 95 label text:

    PDF A502

    Bell-shaped cup with blue glaze

    This bell-shaped porcelain cup demonstrates the Jingdezhen potters’ use of a high-fired monochrome glaze. The cup is covered with a deep, blue glaze coloured by powdered cobalt oxide. It was given one high-temperature firing to fix the colour and the underglaze blue reign mark on the base. The cup's form is innovative to the mid-sixteenth century and was also used for contempory white, yellow and blue-and-white porcelains.

    Porcelain with cobalt-blue glaze and underglaze cobalt-blue reign mark
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province江西省, 景德鎮
    Ming dynasty, Jiajing mark and period, AD 1522–66


  • Bibliography

    • Medley 1973 p.28, no.A502 bibliographic details
    • Scott 1989 p.29, no.A502 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G95/dc57/s4

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Deep porcelain cup covered in dark blue finely crackled glaze. Plain white rim and base, with inscription.

Deep porcelain cup covered in dark blue finely crackled glaze. Plain white rim and base, with inscription.

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