KANGXI 1662 – 1722 Chinese Export Porcelain
A Rare Blue and White Chinese Export Porcelain Cup, Kangxi Period c.1690-1720. The Unusual Tall Form with a Moulded Handle Containing Two Facing `Monster` Masks. The Decoration in a Typical Bright Kangxi Blue Consists of Scholarly Symbols Casually Arranged with Ribbons Flowing Between the Objects. The Border is of Lappets.
- A fine short crack to the rim near the handle c.18 mm and a glaze crack of similar length near the crack.
- Height : 11.7 (4 1/2 inches).
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- For a related Kangxi blue and white porcelain covered jar with similar decoration see : Chinese Porcelain in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, The Ming and Qing Dynasties (Christiaan Jorg, Phillip Wilson, The Rijksmuseum, 1997) page 111, plate 108. Jorge mentions that there example might have been used for storing lumps of sugar for adding to tea, he also points out that the shape might be based on contemporary English silver.
This highly unusual Kangxi cup is related to a group of Kangxi blue and white broader shaped vessels that have two handles of this type and a cover. See references below.