Unknown Artist, ‘Daqing Yongzheng nian zhi mark’, Qing-Yongzheng, Art Museum of the Chinese University of Hong Kong

The most renowned cups with chicken designs in doucai are those of the Chenghua era (1465–1487) of the Ming dynasty. It was recorded that during the Wanli reign, the value of a single pair was one hundred thousand cash. As expected, many imitations appeared in the Kangxi, Yongzheng, and Qianlong periods of the Qing dynasty. The two pairs presented here are examples of these imitations, on which the corresponding reign mark has been affixed. The design, size and colour are very close to the Chenghua prototypes, but the black, seen in the tail of the cock, is an additional hue not found in the originals.

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