.Yin Qiao Shan Fang. Doucai Fish & Algae CupTaiwan Sourcing
Doucai (鬥彩) technique is a unique representation of Ming's aesthetics philosophy. To make the cup lively with the limitations of porcelain paint at the time, the artist initially put the first layer of blue-white paint on the bone of the cup which also served as a blueprint outline for the later colouring area, then fired it with the first layer of transparent glaze. This is why you will observe the blue-white paint part has a softer and lighter hue to it. After this part is finished, the artist then began to paint the second layer of colour, which is the more colourful part of the whole structure, then fired it at a relatively low temperature to make sure the ore paint can become properly attached to it and last for a very long time. This carefully curated technique is the key why such type of work still has its liveliness even after 500 years of history.
"Yin Qiao Shan Fang" has meticulously re-created the spirit of imperial Doucai technique for the modern day. Not only was the doucai technique properly demonstrated, but the entire piece also integrates the aesthetic philosophy of the modern day under master Li's careful curation. It carries the essence of Ming's porcelain, thus bringing that spirit to our modern daily use. This is a remarkable achievement, even by the royal standard of the 15th century.
"Fish & Algae" is one of the famous themes that were popular in Ming's culture along with the "Ham & Chick" theme. This eye soothing decorating style was inspired in Yuan era, and grew into popularity in Ming's aesthetics. It is a representation of prosperity and abundance in Ming's culture with the maturation of Jiajing Emperor's rule. As a devoted practicioner of Taoism, this swimming fishes in the pond fulfilled the grand imagination of "heavenly pond" to the emperor's idealogy, and eventually became the classical representation of an Empire's heritage.
This elegant cup can bring out the best of tea to a tea lover's experiene. It is just lovely to hold and use with each encounter. May the glory of Ming empire be revived along with the enjoyment of tea.
Glaze Type: Chenghua style doucai / 成化鬥彩
Quantity: Cup x 1 / 魚藻杯 一只
Height: 3.1 cm (1.2 in)
Diameter of rim: 8.5 cm (3.2 in)