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Cup and saucer

Cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    about 1690 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 145, case 6, shelf 3 []

Chinese cups and saucers, apart from serving as tea vessels, were sometimes used to decorate rooms in European mansions.

Physical description

Porcelain cup and saucer, painted in underglaze blue. Outside the cup and on the rim of the saucer decorated with five ladies in a garden scene, two of them playing chess, one with a dog, two playing with a wheel-shaped toy. Inside the cup and at centre of the saucer with a seated lady. Under the rim of the saucer with four of the Eight Treasures.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


about 1690 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in underglaze blue

Marks and inscriptions

'xing' in a double circle, in underglaze blue

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer, porcelain painted in underglaze blue with ladies playing games, China, Jingdezhen, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period (1662-1722)

Labels and date

Chinese tea bowl and saucer with women playing games
China, Jingdezhen, about 1690
C.639&A-1910. Salting Bequest [2009]


Porcelain; Cobalt oxide


Painted; Glazed; Blue and white

Subjects depicted

Garden; Ladies; Emblems


Ceramics; Porcelain


East Asia Collection

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