QIANLONG 1736 – 1795 Chinese Export Porcelain
An 18th Century Chinese Export Porcelain En Grisaille Teabowl, Qianlong Period c.1750. The Thinly Potted Porcelain Teabowl is Decorated in Minute Detail Using a Strong Black with Two Bracketed Cartouches Contain Mythological Scenes. On One Side a Woman Holds What Appears to be a Lirone . The Other Panel Shows a Woman Lying Down with a Putti Holding a Large Cat (?). The Cartouches are Set Against a Ground of Interlocked Gilt Designs.
- In very good condition. Minor chips to the footrim.
- Diameter : 6.7 cm (2 3/4 inches)
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lirone (pronounced lee-roh-nay). The instrument was played throughout Italy in the late 16th through the 17th centuries. It is a bowed string instrument that is held similar to a cello, and it has anywhere from nine to fourten strings, with three or four strings played at a time. The lirone was used to highlight emotional peaks in music and was considered ideal for dramatic laments. The lirone is a uniquely "Catholic" instrument and was especially favored among the Jesuits. It was brought into the church to attract parishioners. An instrument called a lira was described in Greek and Roman mythology, and later Italian interpretation of this instrument was the lirone or its treble counterpart the lira. From http://www.catacoustic.com/instruments.html