Or are you looking for Search the Archives?

Please complete the form to email this item.

Cup and saucer - Trumpeter's Service

Trumpeter's Service

  • Object:

    Cup and saucer

  • Place of origin:

    Jingdezhen (made)

  • Date:

    1740 (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gilded

  • Credit Line:

    Salting Bequest

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    Ceramics, Room 137, The Curtain Foundation Gallery, case 13, shelf 8 []

Physical description

Cup and saucer of porcelain, painted in overglaze enamels and gilded. Outside the cup and on the saucer, black ground with two black trumpeters. Borders of cresting in gold.

Place of Origin

Jingdezhen (made)


1740 (made)



Materials and Techniques

Porcelain painted in overglaze enamels and gilded


Height: 3.8 cm cup, Diameter: 7 cm cup, Diameter: 11.7 cm saucer

Object history note

For teacup and saucer and a bowl of this pattern, see C.1438, 1439-1910. For a bottle with the same decoration, see C.49-1951. Apparently depicting Middle Eastern musicians, this design is known as 'Trumpeter's Service' and shows the taste for the "exotic East".

Descriptive line

Cup and saucer with decoration known as the 'Trumpeter's Service', painted in overglaze enamels and gilded, China, Qing dynasty, Qianlong period (1736-1795), about 1740

Production Note

Brass players, overpainted in Europe. (inventory record)




Painted; Glazed; Gilded

Subjects depicted



Ceramics; Porcelain


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.