A fine pair of large famille rose loving cups  Qianlong, circa 1775-95
Lot 89
A fine pair of large famille rose Neo-Classical loving cups and covers Late Qianlong
Sold for £13,200 (US$ 22,370) inc. premium
Lot Details
A fine pair of large famille rose Neo-Classical loving cups and covers
Late Qianlong
Each finely moulded with a deep bowl and applied on each side with two gilt entwined berried strap handles, supported on a tall stem with two moulded petal bands over a spreading foot with similar moulded petals, repeated on the domed cover which is surmounted by a S-shaped branch finial applied with small shells, the bowl finely enamelled around the exterior with a phoenix perched on rockwork beside floral sprays, above a band of moulded overlapping iron red and gilt petals (tiny hair crack to base of one handle, wear to gilding).
33cm (13in) high. (4).

Footnotes

  • Loving cups were used during banquets and other celebratory gatherings for communal drinking. Their form most likely derived from European repoussé silverwork, and all the published Chinese porcelain versions of this form appear to be modelled with almost identical gadrooning and moulding, including the shape of the finial on the cover.

    Judging from the various examples bearing crests and coat-of-arms, which can be dated fairly precisely, it would appear that loving cups were particularly popular in Europe during the last two or three decades of the eighteenth century.

    For an identical cup but lacking its cover from the Hermitage Museum, see Chinese Export Art in The Hermitage Museum, late 16th-19th centuries, St Petersburg, 2003, p.64, pl.71. Another of similar form, but bearing the arms of le Mesurier quarterly which can be dated to circa 1780, is illustrated by D.S. Howard, Chinese Armorial Porcelain, London, 1978, p.628, formerly in the Mottahedeh Collection.
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