|MATERIAL||very thin porcelain|
|STORY BEHIND THE CERAMIC
Beautiful antique set of 5 eggshell porcelain cups. Partly stamped, partly hand painted.
Eggshell porcelain was introduced in the Ming dynasty during the reign of the emperor Yongle (1402–24). It reappeared in the reign of the emperor Chenghua (1464–87), and later Yongle wares were copied under the emperor Wanli (1572–1620). Small vine cups with underglaze blue and white decoration was also found in the 'Hatcher' Ming cargo from Late Ming.
The paper-thin porcelain again occurred during the Qing dynasty (1644–1911/12), especially in the reign of the emperor Kangxi (1661–1722), in famille verte and famille rose porcelain, chiefly in bowls, plates, cups, and saucers. The manufacture of this porcelain takes skill since the thinness is arrived by manually trimming down the material in the unfired porcelain pieces with a steel knife.