Stem cup. Provenance: China. Dating: Late 17th century, c.1680-1690 Stem cup on a high splayed foot with a broad, flat footring and a recessed glazed base. Wide cup with flaring rim. Decorated in underglaze blue. Decorated with peony flower heads and scrolls of leaves on the cup. Round the foot two concentric bands, the waist and rim each with one concentric band.
D.S. Howard states in his "The Choice of the Private Trader. The Private Market in Chinese Export Porcelain illustrated from the Hodroff Collection" that there is little doubt that the large numbers of small stemcups and wine cups of this size were used in the East for rice wine, while those that reached Europe may have been used for gin. It is likely however, that much of this supply was used in Batavia itself and only relatively small numbers were selected by the supercargoes for Europe. C.J,A. Jörg in collaboration with J. van Campen states in his "Chinese Ceramics in the Collection of the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam. The Ming and Qing Dynasties" that the function of stemcups is not yet clear, but they may have been used for drinking "genever" (Dutch-gin). The shape is derived from a European glass model. Dimensions: Height: 45 mm (1.77 inch), Diameter of mouthrim: 51 mm (2.01 inch), Diameter of footring: 21 mm (0.83 inch.)Condition: A professionally restored, short and long hairline, frits and a (restuck) piece to the rim.