Stem cup

Stem cup with doucai decoration. Interior with single blue line around rim. Exterior with stylized lotus flower medallions framed by decorative borders. Double blue line around foot rim. Six-character Ch’eng-hua mark in blue on base of stem.

Historical period(s)
Ming dynasty, Chenghua reign, 1465-1487
Medium
Porcelain with cobalt under the glaze and enamels over the glaze in the "doucai" (joined colors) technique
Style
Jingdezhen ware
Dimensions
H x W: 8 x 6.3 cm (3 1/8 x 2 1/2 in)
Geography
China, Jiangxi province, Jingdezhen
Credit Line
Purchase — Charles Lang Freer Endowment
Collection
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
F1951.16a-b
On View Location
Currently not on view
Classification(s)
Ceramic, Vessel
Type

Cup

Keywords
Chenghua reign (1465 - 1487), China, doucai, flower, Jingdezhen ware, lotus, Ming dynasty (1368 - 1644), porcelain, WWII-era provenance
Provenance
Provenance information is currently unavailable
Description

Stem cup with doucai decoration. Interior with single blue line around rim. Exterior with stylized lotus flower medallions framed by decorative borders. Double blue line around foot rim. Six-character Ch'eng-hua mark in blue on base of stem.

Marking(s)

Six-character Ch'eng-hua mark in blue on base of stem.

Published References
  • William Watson. The Art of Dynastic China. New York, 1981. ill. 666.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope. Some Blue and White in Istanbul. vol. 26 London, 1950-1951. pl. 10d.
  • Oriental Ceramics (Toyo Toji Taikan): The World's Great Collections. 12 vols., Tokyo. pl. 115.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Further Comments on Mamluk Playing Cards. Baltimore. fig. 17.
  • Ming Porcelains in the Freer Gallery of Art. Washington, 1953. p. 25, fig. 20.
  • Masterpieces of Chinese and Japanese Art: Freer Gallery of Art handbook. Washington, 1976. p. 72.
  • Dr. John Alexander Pope, Thomas Lawton, Harold P. Stern. The Freer Gallery of Art. 2 vols., Washington and Tokyo, 1971-1972. cat. 101, p. 175.
  • Edwards Park. Treasures from the Smithsonian Institution., 1st ed. Washington and New York. p. 345.
  • Richard Ettinghausen. Islamic Art and Archaeology: Collected Papers. Berlin. p. 1183.
Collection Area(s)
Chinese Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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