Red-glazed wine cup, China

Red-glazed wine cup, China

Red-glazed wine cup
China, Jingdezhen
Ming dynasty, 1403-24
Glazed porcelain
Museum no. 168A-1905

Red-glazed porcelain of the Ming period is rare. The colour is difficult to achieve because it is made using copper, which is very unstable during firing.

Red wares were first made at the insistence of the Yongle emperor. He commissioned them with porcelain of other colours for use on altars in his new capital, Beijing. But knowledge of firing the red correctly was lost again by 1435.