Condition: Two flake chips to the top outer rim.
Size: Height : 6.5 cm (2 1/2 inches)
Provenance:Christie`s King Street, Part lot 202. 12th June 1995.
The Helen Espir Collection of European Decorated Chinese Export Porcelain :
"a member of the Oriental Ceramic Society and collector, with her husband. Having made a typical collection of Song and provincial Ming blue and white, they decided to concentrate on what used to be called `clobbered` porcelain. She is the author of the standard work on the subject, European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain,2005, the first to examine the work of European decorators on Chinese porcelain throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, focusing on enamellers in Holland, Germany and England. She has learned Chinese." From Provenance ; Collectors, Dealers & Scholars : Chinese Ceramics in Britain & America (Roy Davids, Dominic Jellinek, Privately Printed, 2011. ISBN 978-0-9570148-0-0).
The Eight Immortals :
The Eight Immortals are a group of legendary Xian, immortals or transcendents in Chinese mythology. Each Immortals power can be transferred to a power tool that can give life or destroy evil. Together, these eight tools are called `Covert Eight Immortals`. Most of them are said to have been born in the Tang Dynasty or Song Dynasty. They are revered by the Taoists, and are also a popular element in the secular Chinese culture. They are said to live on Penglai Mountain-Island. The Immortals are : Immortal Woman He (He Xiangu),Royal Uncle Cao (Cao Guojiu),Iron-Crutch Li (LiTieguai),Lan Caihe,Lü Dongbin, (leader)Philosopher Han Xiang (Han Xiang Zi),Elder Zhang Guo(Zhang Guo Lao),and Zhongli Quan.
References:For a very similar Blanc de Chine Beaker with London Decoration of c.1700 to 1720 sold by R&G McPherson Antiques see our `Sold Items` 17976, for a Kangxi beaker of this design by the Shi Zhong Tun Family.
For another beaker of this type and one without London decoration see : European Decoration on Oriental Porcelain 1700 - 1830 (Helen Espir, Jorge Welsh Books, 2005) page213, plate 10
For the potters mark see : Blanc de Chine (P.J Donnelly, Faber and Faber, 1969) Page 358. For a very similar Blanc de Chine Porcelain beaker with the same potters mark also see Donnelly, Plate 31, top row second from the left.
Exhibited and Published :
An exhibition at the British Museum organised by the Oriental Ceramics Society `East Meets West : Oriental Porcelain Decorated in Europe` in 2000. Published in `Transactions of the Oriental Ceramic Society` Volume 65. 2000-2001. Item 10, page 111.
Stock number: 23642