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  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1465-1487 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze polychrome enamels

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    China, Room 44, The T.T. Tsui Gallery, case 41

This porcelain wine cup is painted with a technique known as doucai (literally: 'contrasting colours'), particularly popular during the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). The contours of the drawing were painted in underglaze blue and then filled with coloured overglaze enamels, which required a second firing.

The vessels produced at the imperial kilns of Jingdezhen during the Chenghua reign (1465-1487) were particularly fine, and were imitated in subsequent periods keeping the earlier Chenghua mark.

Physical description

Porcelain wine cup, painted on the outside in underglaze blue and overglaze polychrome enamels in doucai style with two branches with large leaves and fruit and two pairs of birds; a six-character mark in underglaze blue is inside the foot.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1465-1487 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze polychrome enamels

Marks and inscriptions

'Da Ming Chenghua nian zhi' in the inside of the foot
Made during the Chenghua reign of the Ming


Height: 7.62 cm From register (3 in.)

Object history note

From register; sold to Messrs Bluett at Sotheby's, May 11th 1954, lot 17, the 'Property of a Gentleman' (known to be a Mr Collingwood, who acquired it from the Oliphant collection in Scotland). The stem-cup has been in a fire, which has discoloured the enamels and the unglazed edge of the foot ring.

Descriptive line

Porcelain wine cup painted in doucai style with birds and branches, China, Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period (1465-1487)

Labels and date

Porcelain wine cup
Decorated with doucai colours, that appear to have discoloured in a fire.
Chenghua reign period mark (1465-1487)
Ming dynasty [June 1991]




Overglazing; Underglazing

Subjects depicted

Branches; Birds; Leaves


Porcelain; Drinking


East Asia Collection

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