Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.


  • Place of origin:

    Dehua (made)

  • Date:

    1620-1720 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain with clear glaze and moulded decoration

  • Credit Line:

    Tulk Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 14, shelf 6

This cup is a typical ceramic example from the kilns of Dehua in the southeastern province of Fujian. Dehua was the second largest producer of ceramics, including export ware, after Jingdezhen. This kind of porcelain became known in Europe as 'blanc de Chine' and was particularly admired for its body and colour. Several pieces, like this cup with a moulded decoration of prunus blossoms, was imitated at European ceramic factories.

Physical description

Porcelain cup with shallow foot and moulded decoration of three plum branches with blossoms in relief, with clear glaze.

Place of Origin

Dehua (made)


1620-1720 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain with clear glaze and moulded decoration


Height: 8.5 cm

Descriptive line

Porcelain cup with moulded decoration and clear glaze, Dehua, China, ca. 1620-1644

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Clunas, Craig (ed.). Chinese Export Art and Design. London: Victoria and Albert Museum, 1987, p. 56, fig. 31.

Labels and date

Porcelain with moulded decoration of plum blossom.
Dehua kilns
About 1620-1720
The kilns at Dehua in south-east china were the second largest producer of ceramics for export, after Jingdezhen. They specialised in undecorated porcelain.
Tulk Bequest. [1987]





Subjects depicted

Prunus blossoms


Porcelain; Ceramics; Tea, Coffee & Chocolate wares


East Asia Collection

Large image request

Please confirm you are using these images within the following terms and conditions, by acknowledging each of the following key points:

Please let us know how you intend to use the images you will be downloading.