Rare Chinese form, this Chinese chalice is from the late Qing Dynasty period. The dome shaped lid is topped with a gold finial. The surface of the piece is covered with cloisonne pattern. There is a floral design in black and brown which is offset against a background filled with a fretwork pattern. The chalice with its matching lid stands 9 inches tall.
The metal bottom of the chalice is stamped with the word China. This dates the piece between 1890 and 1914. It was the U.S. McKinley Tariff Act passed in 1890, that required the name of the country of origin appear permanently etched or imprinted onto any item imported into the US. In 1914, this law was amended to require a paper label with the words “made in” followed by the name of the country of origin.