A Chinese armorial twin handled cup Qianlong
A Chinese armorial twin handled cup dating from the late Qianlong period c1790. The cup has a well-painted crest of a crowned bird holding a branch in its beak on either side. There is a simple decoration of a band of red and gilt circles inside the rim. Height 6.5cm (2.6")
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: There is a faint line around the base of each handle (but no line or damage to the top of the handle) and a small chip to the inside of one handle. The gilding around the rim is almost entirely rubbed away.