Small Kangxi Blanc de Chine Porcelain Wine Cup
A Small Kangxi Blanc de Chine Porcelain Wine Cup, Dehua Kilns, Kangxi (1662-1722). This small fluted Kangxi porcelain wine cup is moulded with panels of flowering prunus and other plants which are above a V-shaped border. The base is unglazed and shows a luting line where the two pieces from the mould were joined together prior to glazing. The porcelain known in the West as Blanc de Chine was produced 300 miles south of the main Chinese kiln complex of Jingdezhen. The term Blanc de Chine refers to the fine grain white porcelain made at the kilns situated near Dehua in the coastal province of Fujian, these kilns also produced other types of porcelain. A rather freely painted blue and white ware, porcelain with brightly coloured `Swatow` type enamels as well as pieces with a brown iron-rich glaze. However it is the white blanc de Chine wares that have made these kilns famous. The quality and colour achieved by the Dehua potters was partly due to the local porcelain stone, it was unusually pure and was used without kaolin being added. This, combined with a low iron content and other chemical factors within the body as well as the glaze, enabled the potters to produce superb ivory-white Blanc de Chine porcelain.
- In excellent condition, a very minor firing fault to the rim.
- Height 4 cm (1 1/2 inches).
- A Private English Collection of Blanc de Chine Porcelain
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- For related Kangxi Blanc de Chine Porcelain Beakers Made at the Workshop of Mr. Zhongtun - Robert McPherson Antiques - 25670 and 25671. See towards the bottom of the page for photographs. These have similar borders but could well have been made by a different maker to the present cup.
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