This is a very beautiful and finely potted Qing dynasty famille noir mille fleurs complete set of teacup, with the cover and saucer. It is painted very densely with shades of enameled pink, yellow, blue, brown, white and green with multitude of flowers and plants. It includes peonies, lotus, hydrangea, chrysanthemum, narcissus, daisies, lily, hibiscus, iris and several other flowers covering the entire body in black background on the outside of the whole cup, the cover top and at top of the everted rim of the saucer, with the foliage and gold tendrils binding all the flowers together. While it is common to find the mille fleurs in famille rose colour in the shape of bowl, plate and vase, such elegantly painted teacup in a complete set is much harder to come by and thus it is quite rare. The teacup is dated to the Guangxu period (1875-1908), with a iron red six characters reign mark.
Aside from minor rim fritting at the base of the saucer holder and a hair line on the cover, the teacup is in good condition.
The measurement of the “famille noir mille fleur” tea-cup: Diameter is 15cm and the Height is 10cm.