Milk jug. Provenance: China. Dating: Qianlong period (1736-1795), c.1750-1770. Milk jug on footring, pear shaped body with handle, small triangular spout at the rim. The C-shaped handle is placed opposite the spout. Matching cover with knob. Decorated in encre de Chine and a little gold. Round the waist and on the cover a Chine de Commande scene of the "cornucopia" with flying butterflies. Round the mouthrim and rim of the cover a trellis pattern border with three cartouches containing flowering branches. The "cornucopia" (in Latin also cornu copiae) or horn of plenty is a symbol of abundance and nourishment, commonly a large horn-shaped container overflowing with produce, flowers, nuts, other edibles or wealth in some form. Classical mythology offers multiple explanations of the origin of the cornucopia. One of the best-known involves the birth and nurturance of the infant Zeus, who had to be hidden from his devouring father Cronus. In a cave on the island Crete, baby Zeus was cared for and protected by a number of divine attendants, including the goat Almathea, who fed him with her milk. The suckling future king of the gods had unusual abilities and strength, and in playing with his nursemaid accidentally broke off one of her horns, which then had the divine power to provide unending nourishment as the foster mother to the god. (source: Wikipedia.) Dimensions: Height (including the cover): 127 mm (5.00 inch), Diameter: 74 mm (2.91 inch), Diameter of mouthrim: 35 mm (1.38 inch), Diameter of footring: 40 mm (1.57 inch), Condition: Perfect. References: D.F. Lunsingh Scheurleer, Chine de Commande, Lochem 1989, p. 169.