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Wine 'chicken' cup

circa 1725-1750


Alternate image of Wine 'chicken' cup by Jingdezhen ware
Alternate image of Wine 'chicken' cup by Jingdezhen ware
Alternate image of Wine 'chicken' cup by Jingdezhen ware
Alternate image of Wine 'chicken' cup by Jingdezhen ware
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Jingdezhen Jiangxi Province China
    Qing dynasty 1644 - 1911 → China
    circa 1725-1750
    Media category
    Materials used
    porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamels in the 'doucai' style
    3.8 x 8.1 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Mr J.H. Myrtle 1992
    Not on display
    Accession number

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Jingdezhen ware

    Works in the collection


  • About

    Reference to and reverence for the past are enshrined in the Chinese artistic tradition. Just as painters sought to achieve the lofty ideals of earlier masters, so potters sought to emulate the refined achievements of their predecessors. This exquisite wine cup demonstrates that the extraordinarily fine porcelains of the Chenghua period (1467-87) of the Ming dynasty were a natural source of inspiration for the technically accomplished potters of the early Qing. In all respects the vessel emulates its Chenghua precursors. The perfection of the almost miniature form is matched by the quiet refinement of the underglaze blue decoration and the subtle exuberance of the overglaze enamels. The 'doucai' technique, meaning 'contending' or 'contrasting colours', juxtaposes the bright but transparent enamel colours- in this case red, green, yellow, turquoise and pale aubergine with the softer tone of the underglaze blue.

    Art Gallery Handbook, 1999. pg. 257.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 6 publications

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