Stem cups of this lobed form are relatively rare, but a number of similar examples in gilt-bronze and silver-gilt were discovered as part of the Beihuangshan hoard, discovered in Shaanxi province, fifteen of which were sold by Yamanaka & Co. to the British Museum, London in 1925, see R.L. Hobson, 'A T'ang Silver Hoard', British Museum Quarterly, vol. 1, no. 1, May 1926, pl. IXa. Another silver stem cup of very similar form was also sold by Yamanaka in 1921 to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York and included in the exhibition Early Chinese Gold & Silver, China House Gallery, New York, 1972, cat. no. 79.
An eight-lobed parcel-gilt silver stem cup, also decorated with fish, formerly in the Eumorfopoulos Collection and now in the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, was included in the exhibition The Arts of the T'ang Dynasty, Los Angeles County Museum, Los Angeles, 1957, cat. no. 339. Another, also in silver, with a similar petal design at the foot, was included the Exhibition of Chinese Art, C.T. Loo & Co., New York, 1941, cat. no. 183. Compare also a silver-gilt stem cup, formerly in the collection of Hon. Sen. Hugh Scott, sold in these rooms, 4th June 1985, lot 33, and another from the collection of Carl Kempe, sold in our London rooms, 14th May 2008, lot 51.
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