Kangxi 1662 – 1722. Blanc de Chine Porcelain Wine Cup.

A Kangxi Period Blanc de Chine Porcelain `Libation` Cup, Dehua Kilns, Fujian Province. The Octagonal Porcelain Cup has an Indistinctly Moulded Flowering Plant to Either Side. The Unglazed Base of this Porcelain Cup is Supported by Four Rectangular Feet.


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Most oval shaped blanc de chine cups have applied decoration but the octagonal cups and beakers, often with immortals, are moulded in one piece rather than having separately applied sprig decoration. The beakers are sometimes to be found with London decoration, added during the beginning of the 18th century.

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.



Condition: In perfect condition.

Size: Width : 7.3 cm (3 inches)

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Stock number: 23010.