This is a wonderful porcelain Chinese tankard or mug made during the Quinlong Period (1736-95) for export. It is done in the Rose Mandarin palette, hand painted enamels with a diaperwork background and interior border with gilt highlights. The large panel has a busy outdoor scene with people, a horse and a dog engaged in various activities. Their clothes are painted in raised jewel color enamels. The handle is a dragon or mythological creature. The height is 4 5/8 " (117 mm) and 3 3/4 " (95 mm) diameter. This is a larger version (part of a three graduated sizes set) of a smaller tankard that we have for sale. This one has a very old staple repair on the handle and to stabilize a hairline crack near the handle.This repair was probably done in the 1800s. There are also some small chips on the foot and one on the rim. There is some wear of the painted pattern around the inside rim. Despite these repairs and wear, this tankard is a beautiful cabinet display piece with the old repairs being a testament to how it was treasured.
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