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Libation cup: C.20-1912

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Current Location: In storage


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Libation Cup (one of a pair). Hard-paste porcelain, oval, painted on the biscuit in green, aubergine, yellow, creamy white and black with taotie masks and prunus and applied with four dragons.

Libation Cup (one of a pair). Hard-paste porcelain painted on the biscuit in green, aubergine, yellow, creamy white and black. Of archaic bronze yi form, the body is of oval section with upright sides which are slightly flared towards the rim. The broad spout is set opposite the small tabbed angular loop handle which is flanked by two small archaic dragons with knobbly spines in full relief, coloured green and abergine; there are two similar dragons in relief clambering upwards and downwards beneath the spout. The body is decorated on the exterior with a highly stylised green taotie mask on either side beneath a frieze of cream-coloured prunus flowerheads; all on a yellow ground. The interior has an aubergine trellis border round the rim reserved with three prunus vignettes and a taotie mask over the spout, the remainder is left in the biscuit and smeared with a colourless glaze.


History note: S.M. Franck and Co., 25 Camomile Street, E.C., from whom purchased by the National Art Collections Fund. Originally from the collection of Lt. Col. Croft Lyons.

Legal notes

Given by the National Arts Collection Fund

Measurements and weight

Diameter: 13.5 cm
Height: 6.3 cm

Acquisition and important dates

Method of acquisition: Given (1912) by National Art Collections Fund


Qing Dynasty
Kangxi Period (1662-1722)
Circa 1662 - Circa 1722

Components of the work

Decoration composed of enamels ( green, aubergine, yellow, creamy white and black)
Beneath Spout
Flanking The Handle

Materials used in production

colourless Glaze
Hard-paste porcelain

Techniques used in production

Painting : Hard-paste porcelain painted on the biscuit in green, aubergine, yellow, creamy white and black
Glazing (coating)

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Identification numbers

Accession number: C.20-1912
Primary reference Number: 73004
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Created: Saturday 6 August 2011 Updated: Tuesday 17 October 2017 Last processed: Monday 29 March 2021

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Owner or interested party: The Fitzwilliam Museum
Associated department: Applied Arts

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