Pair of Chinese Export Porcelain Goblets and Covers, Kangxi 1662 – 1722

A Pair of Unusual Kangxi Blue and White Porcelain Goblets and Covers c.1690-1700. The Moulded Forms are in Imitation of European Glass, the `U` Shaped Bowls Stand on a Knopped Stem that is Thicker than the Original European Glass Model. The Covers sit on a Glazed Rim.

Condition: Good, one goblet with some glaze chips/ tiny chips and very minor fritting, the cover is perfect. The other goblet also has some glaze chips/ tiny chips and very minor fritting, the cover has approximately 1/3 broken out which has been neatly re-stuck.

Size: Height : 20 cm (8 inches)

Provenance: A Private English Collection of Chinese Blue and White Porcelain.


Stock number: 22359.

The present examples relate closely to pieces from the Vung Tau Cargo of c.1690-1700 (See History/Shipwrecks) however no porcelain of this precise form was recovered from the wreck. There were however various types of cups, beakers and goblets based on European glass with similar moulded and painted decoration. Normally porcelain objects made with a glazed rim are considered as not originally being made to take a covers, these two goblets are clearly an exception. Presumably because they were meant to be drunk from, an unglazed rim would be unpleasant on the mouth. Beakers of this type are well known, but only very rarely do they have covers and come as a pair.



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