Colorful, delicate and expertly-painted Chinese export porcelain tankard with a scene of entertaining with instruments from the early to mid-18th century. The painting is very reminiscent of the Kangxi period.
The tankard has a large, cylindrical porcelain shape with handle, and is thinly hand potted. The underglaze blue is very dark and is so finely painted on as to need a magnifying glass to see the microscopic design. There is a reverse, incised pattern of auspicious symbols on the body in the base white glaze, including a ruyi on the handle base. Colored enamels were used to paint a scene of a celebration. There are bands of gilt at the mouth and foot. These are so fine and minuscule. The painters probably used single hair brushes for the fine paintings. The foot is unglazed but the base is. The base glaze feels thick and oh so smooth.
There are no porcelain marks or labels.
5 ¾” (14.6 cm) tall x 6” (15.2 cm) wide x 4 ¼” (10.8 cm) diameter. Weighs 1 lb 4.4 oz (580 g)
There are no cracks or breaks, and the tankard rings true. There is a professional repair to a chip inside near the rim that is invisible to the naked eye, but can be spotted using UV light. There are a few small red stain circles on the inside of the tankard. There is wear to the gilt bands, rim edge and gilt in the panel painting. Otherwise, the paintings are fresh, bright, and intact.
An intricate, delicate, early porcelain from the 18th century. A true work of art from expert, professional artisans.
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Chinese Export Porcelain Tankard with Polychrome Entertainment Scene 18th Century