A Chinese export coffee cup with European or mythological scene
A Chinese export coffee cup decorated with grisaille, overglaze red enamels and small touches of gilt highlighting with multiple figures in what might be European dress, or possibly a mythological scene, beneath a wide banner-style border, dating from the Qianlong period. There is a bird with outstretched wings above the central male figure with his back turned, which might perhaps suggest that this figure is Zeus/Jupiter. Height of cup is 5.8cm (2.3”).
The origin of this scene, which may have been taken from a European painting or engraving, is not identified. A very similar scene (also unidentified) is shown on a small bowl in figure 4.38 in Hervouet and Bruneau’s book ‘La Porcelain des Companies des Indes a Decor Occidental’. A similar border is shown on a plate in the same book figure 4.5
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- Store Name: Drove House Antiques
- Vendor: Ian Rodgers
PO Box 3964
United Kingdom (UK)
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