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Blue and White Porcelain Cup with Canton-Enamel Floral Designs and Handles

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Period: Qianlong reign (1736–1795), Qing dynasty (1644–1911)
Dimensions: Dimensions: height: 9.6 cm; mouth diameter: 8.7 cm; foot diameter: 5 cm

This cup has a flared mouth, tapered foot, and deep, rounded sides. A symmetrically placed pair of dragon-shaped handles are found on either side of the exterior. The inside of the rim is encircled by white floral patterning delineated by a blue-ground band. The exterior sides have a ground of blue with ornamentation in reserved panels. Either side of the cup has a rather large panel flanked by three smaller panels on its left and right symmetrically. The upper and lower butterfly-shaped panels have interior designs of butterfly wings. The blue ground outside the panels is embellished with a dense array of pearl patterning. The exterior of the foot is ornamented with blue floral scrolls.

The combination of multiple reserved panels with interior floral designs is a compositional technique commonly seen on Canton enamel ware.

Chinese entry by Zheng Hong
Translated and edited by Adam J. Ensign and Kang Xiaolu

 

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