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Description This cup is an example of export porcelain from China to Europe. While the porcelain body and underglaze cobalt blue designs are original, later additions such as a fluted silver gilt rim and the red and gold overglaze enamels can be attributed to a European painter in the style of Chinese decorative motifs. Bands of Ruyi heads aligned on the upper rim and along the bottom of the cup are a traditional pattern utilized in Chinese blue and white porcelain; the heart shaped motifs depict the curved head of the ruyi scepter, a symbol of monastic authority in Buddhism. Flowers and foliated designs are painted in the space between the two bands. The cup consists of a tapered cylindrical body standing upon a round foot rim.
Provenance William T. Walters, Baltimore [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; inherited by Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1894; by bequest to Walters Art Museum, 1931.
Credit Acquired by William T. Walters

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porcelain with underglaze blue and overglaze red and gold enamel, gilded silver
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H: 2 5/8 in. (6.7 cm)
  • China (Place of Origin)


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