A Chinese armorial coffee cup & saucer Qianlong
A Chinese armorial coffee cup and saucer dating from the late Qianlong period c1790. Both have a crest of a crowned bird holding a branch in its beak. There is a simple decoration of a band of red and gilt circles inside the rims. Saucer diameter 13.9cm (5.5"), cuip height 7cm (2.8")
David Howard (Chinese Armorial Porcelain vol 2) illustrates this crest, and suggests that this crest is possibly for the Chalmers family.
This is part of a small set of armorial wares from this service which we are offering for sale.
Condition: The coffee cup is in excellent, undamaged, condition. The saucer has one very small chip at the rim, and a glaze frit behind the rim. There is a light scatter of kiln dust adhering tot he glaze in the interior of the saucer. The gilding around the rims is almost entirely rubbed away.