About this object

A teacup stand with a raised foot. Made from thin sheet silver and decorated with repoussé work, forming eight petals, in each petal there is a medallion filled with a symbol of the Eight Immortals. The foot is plain apart from a border of scrolling foliage at the base.
Cover for teacup. Made from a dark copper alloy, and possibly dipped in a brass or yellow metal gilt. The central dome is in three tiers, the bottom tier is decorated in plaques, with symbols of the Eight Immortals. The middle tier is decorated with openwork flowers and the top tier is in the form of a lotus, this rises up into a finial that is topped with a red glass bead.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container
  • Culture
    Tibetan
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Glass; Alloy Copper; Gilt Bronze; Silver
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Sir Charles Bell
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1900 - 1945
  • Measurements
    61 mm x 106 mm; 2 3/8 in x 4 3/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: This is possibly the cover for List of Curios A49: a blue and white porcelain cup. But only the stand is mentioned in the description.
    See 50.31.49 as there may have been a mix up with these two numbers in the past. Although the stand is numbered with this cover, they are obviously not a pair. More likely that 50.31.49 stand is paired with 50.31.48 cover. See attached photographs. Inventory card says 'collected in 1920s', yet to be confirmed.

    Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell (Collector)

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    Publisher:
    Date:
    Description: A typed object catalogue from Bell's handwritten notes on a wide variety of objects from his personal collection. This information often contains, the date he obtained an object, its provenance (including where and who he acquired from) and the person responsible for giving him the information. The process of writing the inventory began in December 1912 and continued until the late 1930s.

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