CHONGZHEN To KANGXI c.1640 – 1700 Blanc de Chine Porcelain
A 17th Century Blanc de Chine Porcelain Wine Cup, From the Dehua Kilns, Fujian Province. Late Chongzhen or Shunzhi or Kangxi c.1640-1700. One Side Decorated with a Dragon and a Tiger Near aPine Tree, the Other Side with a Deer and Crane Near Flowering Prunus.
Condition: Very good, a firing fault (or possibly a crack) to the side of one of the reliefs, this appears as a small dark line. It is visible on the inside of the cup as well about 8 mm. The Prunus Tree has Some uneven glaze.
Libation Cups :
Blanc de Chine 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.