SHUNZHI or KANGXI c.1640 – 1700 Blanc de Chine Porcelain
A 17th Century Blanc de Chine `Libation Cup`, Shunzhi or Kangxi Period c.1640-1700, Dehua Kilns Fujian Province. On One Side the Applied Relief Depict a Dragon Emerging from Clouds and a Tiger on the Ground Beneath a Branch of a Tree. The Other Side with a Crane Flying Above a Deer with a Branch of a Tree. The Glaze has a Feint Greenish Blue Tinge.
Very good, a minute glaze chip c.2 x 1 mm with an associated fracture c.1 or 2 mm.
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.