CHONGZHEN to KANGXI c.1640 – 1700 Blanc de Chine Porcelain

A 17th Century Blanc de Chine Wine Cup, Dehua Kilns, Fujian Province, Chongzhen, Shunzhi or Kangxi c.1640-1700. The Octagonal Cup with a Five Character Poem Incised Through the Wet Glaze.

Condition: In perfect condition . A tiny area of kiln grit to the rim, this is very slightly darker than the rest of the glaze.

Size: Length : 9.5 cm (3 3/4 inches)



Stock number: 23765.

This cup probably dates to c.1640-1660.

Libation Cups :
Blanc de Chine wine cups of this type have been traditionally referred to as `Libation Cups`. This is unlikely to be correct but their shape follows that of rhinoceros horn cups which was made locally, it is interesting baring in mind the important powers that the Chinese attach to this material. By having a Blanc de Chine cup of this form some of the powers of real rhinoceros horn might be conveyed to the drinker.

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