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Cup and saucer with the Chinese story of Sima Guang

Chinese with Dutch decoration
Hard-paste porcelain decorated with colored enamels over transparent glaze (Jingdezhen ware)
Height (cup .98): 2 7/8 in. (7.3 cm);
Diameter (saucer .99): 5 3/8 in. (13.7 cm)
Credit Line:
The Hans Syz Collection, Gift of Stephan B. Syz and John D. Syz, 1995
Accession Number:
1995.268.98, .99
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 201
The gift of the Hans Syz Collection in 1995 endowed the Museum with nearly three hundred examples of European and Asian ceramics meticulously acquired by Swiss-born collector Dr. Syz (1894–1991) to chart the migration of models and patterns from East to West. Documenting a continuous process of influence and adaptation, these pieces provide a discriminating review of the nuances of stylistic change resulting from three centuries of trade.
Marking: In underglaze blue on bottom of beaker: Artemisia leaf within double-line circle
Hans Syz (until d. 1991; to his sons, John and Stephan) ; by descent, John D. Syz ; and Stephan B. Syz (1991–95; to MMA)
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