Tankard. Provenance: China. Dating: Qianlong period (1736-1795). A wonderful tankard on a footring with a glazed base, Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. The cylindrical sides are decorated with two panels containing a flowering peony tree. In between the panels a whorl decoration containing blooming flowers. The outside rim is decorated with a trellis pattern band and cartouches filled with flower heads. On the C-shaped handle, which ends in a ruyi head, a flowering branch. The rim is decorated with underglaze brown. Dimensions: Height: 130 mm (5.12 inch), Diameter: 85 mm (3.35 inch), Diameter of footring: 65 mm (2.56 inch). Condition: Two firing flaws to the outer footring, a 1 mm (0.04 inch) fleabite to the rim and a 3 mm (0.12 inch) frit at the C-handle on the underside of the red ruyi head, otherwise perfect.