About this object

A high footed stand for a teacup, made from a dark copper alloy, and possibly dipped in a brass or yellow metal gilt. The lip is deep and decorated with repoussé motifs that create an eight petal lotus, in each petal is a symbol of the Eight Immortals.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Copper Alloy; Bronze Gilt
  • 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
    45 mm x 116 mm; 1 3/4 in x 4 9/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note; This is possibly the stand for List of Curios A49: a blue and white porcelain cup. The stand is described as: The cup is mounted in a stand of Chinese brass with lotus petals carved on its upper tier and round the sides. This stand is also old, though very much newer than the cup. Nowadays, such stands are usually made of silver. There is also a note in the inventory which states that this item was collected in the 1920s, however this has not yet been established. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)

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  • List of Curios

    Bell, Charles Alfred

    Author: Bell, Charles Alfred
    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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