A Chinese armorial custard cup, Qianlong
An attractive Chinese armorial custard cup and cover dating from the late Qianlong period c1790. The cup and cover both have incised decoration of overlapping petals, and the lid has a shell-form knop. The cup has a crest of a crowned bird holding a branch in its beak on either side. Height to top of knop 10cm (3.9")
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: Both the cup and cover are in good condition with no damage or restoration. There is a firing crack to the base of the cup, which does not extend through the body. The gilding around the rims, and the gilding to the knop, is almost entirely rubbed away.