Pink Beauties

A couple of wine cups from the British Museum.

The porcelain is known as famille rose (Fencai). This is pink enamel. The enamel was applied to the exteriors of the cup by blowing it through a bamboo tube covered with fine silk gauze. That’s how they got the even tone of the glaze. Then there is a white enamel glaze on the inside.

Gold was added to give more depth to the colour.

Deeply beautiful.

| Pair of wine cups, Qing dynasty, Kangxi period, 1662-1722 |

Julia Ritson

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