A PAIR OF CHINESE FAMILLE-VERTE 'CHILONG' LIBATION CUPS QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD
each modeled after an archaic bronze gong form, with a D-shaped rectangular handle flanked by a pair of clamoring chilong, the body set on a splayed foot rising to a flared rim and terminating in a channeled spout supported by two further chilong underneath, two sides of the body painted with beast masks, the interior painted with a lingzhi sprig, incised Japanese Palace inventory numbers N=48-I and N=138-I, respectively.
Length: 4⅜ in.
Both with restoration around the rim and the spout, one cup with a hairline extending from the rim measuring approx. 2 cm, and one ridge between the beast mask on the side of the cup restored.
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The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden
Rudolphe Lepke, Berlin, October 12-14, 1920, lots 417 and 418.
Ralph M. Chait Galleries, New York.
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 355a&b, p. 684, illus.
The 1721 inventory of the Japanese Palace lists ‘No. 48. 8 pcs. long coffee cups with wide turned-out and gilt rims… 2 pcs. are somewhat different in color…[margin note] 4 pcs. of the same without gilt rims were received by His royal Majesty in June 1722 from the estate of the late minister Rashke and entered the palace'. The 1779 inventory of the Japanese Palace lists ‘Ten pieces long coffee cups… 2. pieces are somewhat different… 2. Pieces are damaged. No. 48. The 1770 and 1779 inventory of the Japanese Palace lists ‘Two molded coffee cups covered with blue lizards…No.138.’ Maureen Cassidy-Geiger, The Arnhold Collection of Meissen Porcelain, 1710-50, New York, 2008, p. 684. Four examples, bearing No. 48, are in the Porzellansammlung, Dresden (P.O. 6352-6355).
Similar examples are illustrated in Der Gesellschaft für ostasiatische Kunst und der Preußischen Akademie der Kunste Berlin, Exhibition Catalogue. Ausstellung Chinesischer Kunst. Berlin : Wurfel Verlag Berlin, Berlin, 1929, cat no. 979, from the collection of Edgar Worsh, another example is illustrated in Hobson, 1931, fig. 162, from the H. J. Oppenheimer collection.