An Yixing stoneware libation cup
Qing dynasty, signed Chen Mingyuan
Of archaistic jue form, the deep 'U'-shaped body supported on three splayed legs of triangular section, tapering towards the feet, the mouth with a channelled spout set opposite a peak in the rim, set with two finials with waisted caps incised with whorl circles, the main body decorated with a narrow frieze of a pair of stylised taotie masks set against a leiwen ground, applied with a vertical loop handle issuing from a bovine mask, the zhuanshu seals chen and mingyuan impressed under the handle, the stoneware of an attractive purplish-brown suffused with pale speckling.
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