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Pair of porcelain cups with tall sides and slightly everted mouth rim.
Cup 'a' has a scene from the 'West Chamber' (Xixiang Ji) of Cui Yingying seeing off Scholar Zhang with a maid serving wine in a garden landscape in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.
Cup 'b' has a scene from the 'West Chamber' (Xixiang Ji) of Scholar Zhang glimpsing Cui Yingying, and the monk Facong telling Zhang who she is, all in a garden landscape in underglaze cobalt blue on the exterior. There is an inscription on the base.
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Diameter: 62 millimetres
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Published PDF date : Qing Kangxi 17th century
Room 95 label text:
Pair of wine cups with figure scenes
This pair of cups are painted with images from the西厢记 (Xixiang Ji ‘The Romance of the Western Chamber’). This story has been described as China’s most popular traditional romantic comedy. Cui Yingying is the daughter of the chief minister of the Tang court and she falls in love with Zhang Sheng, a young scholar but he must prove himself worthy of her by making his name in the civil service examinations before he can marry her. There is an underglaze blue inscription on the base which reads若深 珎藏Ruoshen zhencang ‘From the Collection of Ruoshen’).
Porcelain decorated in underglaze cobalt blue
Jingdezhen, Jiangxi province 江西省, 景德鎮
Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, AD 1662–1722
- On display (G95/dc24/sh2)
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