Guangxu Period, Qing Dynasty
Porcelain with overglaze famille rose enamels
Height: 17 cm / 6.7 in
Diameter: 16.8 cm / 6.6 in
From a Kansas City, MO estate & private collection
A large and unusual late Qing famille rose stem cup, dating from the Guangxu reign. Marks around the stem and on the inside foot reveals it was custom-made as a sacrificial vessel for a 'Li' family's ancestral altar. The bottom mark, 'jiqian', means 'to remember the heavens.' The quality of the enameling, porcelain body, and glaze is superior to most late Qing stem cups of non-imperial origin. The design of double dragons chasing a flaming pearl, with a band of auspicious bats, and swirling waves crashing against rocks is however reminiscent of imperial design -- especially the bottom section of colorful ruyi medallions and lishui stripes, which is similar to those found on imperial Manchu robes. This may suggest that the Li family who custom-ordered this cup may have wielded considerable wealth or influence, and was a part of the upper echelon elite.
Condition: Perfect antique condition. Some expected natural age wear to the surface. [Please examine all photos carefully, as they are part of the condition report.]