The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of March 20, 2018

Wine Cup with Children at Play, 1465-1487

porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze enamel decoration, docai ("joined colors") ware, Overall: h. 4.8 cm (1 7/8 in.). John L. Severance Fund 1957.61

This delicate wine cup, only two inches high, exhibits free, spontaneous drawing as well as perfect compositional balance over its small surface area. The motifs were outlined with cobalt blue; the piece was then glazed and fired in the normal way for making the blue-and-white ware. After firing, the outline painting was completed with colored enamels over the glaze. The piece was fired the second time. The pictorial decoration is refined and complicated; the porcelain body is of exceptionally high quality and is thin, translucent, and light in weight.

Ming Porcelains, China House Gallery, 1970
The World of Ceramics - Masterpieces from The Cleveland Museum of Art. CMA 6/30-9/5/82. Catalogue edited by Jenifer Neils, essay by Sherman E. Lee (CMA, 1982), no. 127.

October 12, 1991-January 12, 1992, The National Gallery of Art, Circa 1492: Art in the Age of Exploration.

The Cleveland Museum of Art (06/28/2009 - 08/30/2009): "Streams and Mountains Without End: Asian Art and the Legacy of Sherman E. Lee at the Cleveland Museum of Art"

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