Stem Cup #China, Jiangxi Province; Ming period (1368-1644), Xuande era, 1426 - 1435 While objects decorated with five-clawed #dragons were reserved for the use of the imperial family during the Ming dynasty, those with four claws, such as the powerful and assured dragon painted in underglaze blue on this small stem cup, were used by nobility of lower rank. The cup, made of a refined #porcelain clay, is neither very thick nor extremely thin.
Antique Chinese Qianlong Period, blue and white porcelain stem cup; in the form of a Tibetan yak butter stem cup; of Buddhist motif, with a floral wheel to the interior, the exterior with otus blossoms and characters, and beaded garlands to foot; mark to base, 18th Century; H: 4 1/8"
Ewer Date: Porcelain mounts ca. 1585 Culture: Chinese with British (London) mounts Medium: Porcelain, silver-gilt Dimensions: H. cm) Classification: Metalwork-Silver In Combination Credit Line: Rogers Fund, 1944 Accession Number: