Asia Society Home Asia Society Home
< previous  13 of 16  next >
enlarge image map of region
additional views
Chinese Bronzes of the Shang and Zhou Periods
Han Dynasty Bronzes
Early Chinese Ceramics
Sculpture from Tombs
Chinese Buddhist Sculpture
Tang and Liao Dynasty Metalwork
Ceramics of the Song and Jin Periods
Porcelains of the Yuan and Early Ming Periods
Imperial Chinese Ceramics of the 15th Century
Ceramics of the Late Ming Period
Qing Dynasty Porcelain
Landscape Painting in China
Jade and Lacquer in China
Wine Cup
China, Jiangxi Province; Ming period (1368-1644), Chenghua era, 1465 - 1487
Porcelain painted with underglaze cobalt blue and overglaze enamels (Jingdezhen ware)
H. 1 7/8 in. (4.8 cm); D. 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm)
Mr. and Mrs. John D. Rockefeller 3rd Collection of Asian Art
Noted for their thin bodies and elegant shapes, porcelains made during the reign of the Chenghua emperor (reigned 1465 - 1487) are ranked among the finest examples of imperial Chinese wares. The use of the doucai ("joined colors") technique to decorate this small wine cup with a design of dragons in floral medallions illustrates a technology that was developed in the Xuande era (1426 - 1435). In the doucai method, the outline of the design is drawn under the glaze using cobalt blue. After the vessel is fired, enamels are painted over the glaze to color in and finish the designs. A second firing fixes the enamel. On this cup, delicate shades of blue, green, red, and yellow have been used. The overglaze colors match the underglaze outlines perfectly; the precision needed for this type of decoration made them very difficult and expensive to produce. Most ceramics decorated in the doucai method are small, perhaps owning to their costliness.
Home |  South Asia |  Himalaya |  Southeast Asia |  China & Mongolia |  Korea |  Japan
Treasures |  Guided Tour |  Timeline |  Search
About the Asia Society | The Rockefellers and the Asia Society | Site Map
Credits | ©Copyright 2007 Asia Society