A Dehua libation cup

17th century

The cup is of rhinoceros-horn form and applied on one side with a group of three tigers below a dragon emerging from ruyi-shaped clouds, and on the other side with a qilin looking up at a flying crane and a stylised bird. The narrow sides are decorated with crested waves below overhanging rocks. The rich creamy glaze is of ivory tone, the recessed base partly glazed.

7.5 cm high



Purchased from S Marchant & Son, 1994

Formerly in the collection of Robert Suermont



S. Marchant & Son, Exhibition of Blanc de Chine, London, 1994, pl. 84

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