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A White Glazed Porcelain Libation Cup
Qing Dynasty, Qianlong Period 1736-1795

Made in imitation of an archaistic rhino horn libation cup, the cup is of flared quatrefoil form rising from a tall splayed foot. Decorated with archaistic designs, to the upper body four applied chilong shown scrambling around the vessel, a further five applied in high relief openwork forming the handle.

At either side of the central raised band a confronting taotie mask, flanked above and below by a band of stileaves.

Covered in celadon-tinted white glaze.

Height: 11.6 cm, 4 6/16” inches


Provenance: Private American collection

For a similar white glazed libation cup dated to the Qianlong period see Christie’s, Fine Chinese Ceramics and Works of Art Part I and part II Including Property from the Arthur M. Sackler Collection (New York, March 2011) Lot 1770 “A Rare White-Glazed Archaistic ‘Libation’ Cup”