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CRE UNKNOWN; (17-18th century) This is a Qing Dynasty trumpet shaped cup from the Kangxi period (1662-1722). So called Kangxi porcelain was made in the town of Jingdezhen in central-southern China. The name Kangxi refers to the styles and standards adopted for porcelain manufacture under the reign of Emperor Kangxi. Characteristic of the ware is a thinly potted body and the deep blue of the cobalt used in the decoration. These qualities in particular distinguish Kangxi wares from the blue and white of other periods. The painted decoration is of vases with flowering prunus and Chrysanthemum branches and bowls of peaches. The significance of such objects is likely to relate to the "Hundred Antiques"- a classic chinese design made up of culturally important items. Within that context, the imagery depicted here more specifically represents nature - a common source of inspiration.
One of a set of 16 saucers and 8 cups, this item is part of the collection of over 330 pieces of Chinese ceramics and approximately 15 items of Japanese ceramics from the estate of James McNeill Whistler, gifted and bequeathed by the artist's sister-in-law, Miss Rosalind Birnie Philip (1873-1958), in 1935 and 1958. (See also GLAHA 54030-54034, 54423, 54626-54643).
Birnie Philip Bequest, 1958.