Blue-and-white tea cup with abstracted floral design

Accession Number

Blue-and-white tea cup with abstracted floral design


Artist Nationality
Chinese (culture or style)

Object Creation Date
19th century

Medium & Support
porcellaneous stoneware with blue and white glaze

1 7/8 in. x 3 5/8 in. x 3 5/8 in. ( 4.8 cm x 9.2 cm x 9.2 cm )

Credit Line
Bequest of Margaret Watson Parker

Subject matter
 During the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, the blue and white ware industry became increasingly important because at this time, blue and white porcelain was not only known within the borders of China, it was also welcomed in the international trade market, initiating its imitation throughout Asia. In current times, blue and white wares are common in daily life in forms ranging from dinner sets to vases.

Physical Description
A petite cup with an abstract floral design in blue and white covering the outside of the cup and inside rim. The outside rim is gold and slightly everted. It has a large foot with blue stripes.

Primary Object Classification

Primary Object Type
tea cup

Additional Object Classification(s)
Decorative Arts

Collection Area

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blue-and-white (ceramic glaze)
floral patterns
household objects

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