Chinese collection

Item LL 101

Accession no: LL 101
Object type: Ceramic
Name: Beaker
Materials: Porcelain with underglaze blue decoration
Place made: Jingdezhen, China
Date made: Qing Dynasty, Kangxi (1662-1722 AD), c. 1700
Measurements: H. 53 cm, D. 25.1 cm

Description: Beaker with bulbous stem, slightly spreading base, and flaring mouth. On the bulb are four panels with European ladies, three in gardens - one on a swing - and one in an interior. On the neck are four ju-i (ruyi ''as-you-wish'') shaped pendants, painted with fruit and foliage in white on a blue ground, the edges moulded in light relief; between them are ju-i designs; and below, floral scrolls. On the lower part are lightly moulded leaf-shaped panels with floral scrolls. Borders of hatched vandyke pattern.

An early and interesting example of European designs copied on porcelain by a Chinese painter. The costumes suggest a date about 1700.

Literature
R. L. Hobson, Chinese Porcelain and Wedgwood Pottery with Other Works of Ceramic Art, London: B. T. Batsford, Ltd., 1928, No. 144.