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    Porcelain cup of conical shape. The cup has a white body. There are phoenixes among clouds in slip anhua on the exterior. Pair with A490.

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    • 1911-1949
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    • Height: 26 millimetres
    • Diameter: 77 millimetres
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    Room 95 label text:

    PDF A491

    Cup with phoenixes

    This white porcelain cup of conical shape is decorated inside with an anhua (hidden decoration) slip design of phoenixes among clouds. Porcelains of this type were made in imitation of fine Qing dynasty porcelains which in turn were inspired by early porcelains of the Ming period.

    Porcelain with anhua slip and transparent glaze
    Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
    Republican period, AD 1911–1949


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White porcelain cup of conical shape. Decorated inside with slip anhua designs of phoenixes among clouds. Pair with A490.

White porcelain cup of conical shape. Decorated inside with slip anhua designs of phoenixes among clouds. Pair with A490.

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