CHONGZHEN to KANGXI c.1640 – 1680 Blanc de Chine Porcelain
17th Century Blanc de Chine Porcelain Octagonal Wine Cup, Chongzhen to Kangxi c.1640-1680. The Octagonal Form is Raised on Four `V` Shaped Feet. Two Panels Incised Through the Wet Glaze In Running Script (Semi-cursive script).
- Some damage, a small but dark star crack to the base c.15 mm. A small chip to the front rim c.3 x 2 mm.
- Length : 12 cm (4 3/4 inches)
- Bluett London, label to base.
- Stock number
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.