Thursday, April 10, 2014

Cup, Ming dynasty, Chenghua mark and period (1465–1487)
Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels; D. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Purchase, Mrs. Richard E. Linburn Gift, 1987 (1987.85)

Period: Ming dynasty (1368–1644), Chenghua mark and period (1465–87) 
Culture: China 
Medium: Porcelain painted in underglaze blue and overglaze enamels 
Dimensions: H. 1 5/8 in. (4.1 cm); Diam. of rim 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm); Diam. of foot 1 1/2 in. (3.8 cm) Classification: Ceramics 
Credit Line: Purchase, Mrs. Richard E. Linburn Gift, 1987 
Accession Number: 1987.85

Metropolitan Museum of Art
This artwork is not on display

History has it written that the promotion of the Jingdezhen kilns were promoted by China's emperor's favorite concubine - Wan Gufei.
The Chenghua doucai - contrasting and contending colors in porcelain decoration that was made famous during the Ming Dynasty.
Highly treasured especially in more refined pieces of ceramics.
The process is a combination of two ceramic ornamental decorating styles.
They are usually outline in Cobalt blue on the greenware (unfired ceramics)
Then it is blue washed.
The ceramic piece is then fired and glazed, the outlines filled with a red, green, yellow or aubergine  overglaze enamels.
It is then fired at a low temperature.

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