Description & Technical information

European Market

A pair of Chinese export porcelain libation cups and stands painted in famille rose enamels with Chinese scenes of domestic life with ladies and children playing, the rims with borders of flowers and fruit.

The shape of these ritual drinking vessels is derived from Chinese examples carved originally from rhinoceros horn. The form is extremely rare in export porcelain such as this.

References: Howard & Ayers 1978, a single example, with stand, with appliqué decoration.

Date:  Qianlong period circa 1770
Period:  1750-1850, 18th century
Origin:  China
Medium: porcelain
Dimensions: 17 cm (6³/₄ inches)
Categories: Oriental and Asian Art