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Cup and saucer

Cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen, China (made)

  • Date:

    1736-1750 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:

    unknown (production)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gilding

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Museum of Childhood, Temporary Exhibition Gallery, case 6

Enamels are glass-like pigments used to decorate ceramics, glass and metal. They are fused on to the surface of already-fired ceramics by a number of additional firings, often in a specifically designed 'muffle kiln'. Enamel-painting started very early in China. This cup and saucer also has decoration in gold and silver.

Physical description

Cup and saucer, of porcelain painted in overglaze enamels in the famille rose palette and gilding. On the outside of the cup and on the interior of the saucer with two ladies playing chess and two others chatting in a room with two dogs and a boy. Inside the cup and round the cavetto of the saucer, border of flowers and scrolling foliage in gold.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen, China (made)


1736-1750 (made)


unknown (production)

Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gilding


Height: 1.5 in cup, Diameter: 2.75 in cup, Diameter: 4.5 in saucer
[Cup] Height: 3.8 cm, Diameter: 7 cm
[Saucer] Diameter: 11.4 cm

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer, porcelain painted in overglaze enamels in the famille rose palette and gilding, China, Qing dynasty




Painted; Gilt

Subjects depicted

Flowers; Dogs; Scrolling foliage; Boys; Ladies; Chess


Ceramics; Porcelain

Collection code


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