A CHINESE EXPORT GOLD CUP, STAMPED CENWO, LATE-19TH CENTURY |
3,000 - 5,000 GBP
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- 6.3cm., 2 1/2 in. high
tapering form with foliate and strap-work borders, each side chased with a floral spray, underside stipple-engraved with character marks, 2nd Standard Lisbon control marks 1886-1938By repute the present cup was offered by Chinese merchants to Carlos Eugénio Correia da Silva, Governor of Macau, at the end of the 19th century, for having pursued Chinese pirates at the Yellow River. The underside is engraved in Mandarin 'Youth of Life', a tribute by the merchants to the Governor's daughter upon her birth.