About this object

Two Chinese cloisonné teacups, of a similar size, but different designs. Cup 'a' has a turquoise body with copper wire inlaid key motif. Laid on top of this are yellow and pink blossoms, with leaves tipped with pale green. A band at the lip of the cup consists of abstracted cloud or bat designs in royal blue, at the base is an abstracted pattern of alternating white and royal blue oblong lozenges, the blue lozenges containing a central strip of red. Cup 'b' has a pale turquoise body with a wider, less refined copper wire inlay of key motifs, laid on top of this is a continuous pattern of vases, incense burners, rishi fungus and manuscripts (all scholar items). A band at the lip consists of abstracted cloud designs in royal blue, at the base is an abstracted pattern of alternating white and green oblong lozenges.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Container; Household Objects
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Eastern Asia: China
  • Date made
    19th Century early
  • Materials
    Enamel; Copper
  • 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
    56 mm x 73 mm; 2 3/16 in x 2 7/8 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: Not identified in the List of Curios. These could have been bought by Bell while he was in Beijing 1907, when, between 30th November and 4th December 1907, he visited a site which made cloisonné and he purchased some pieces there. Alternatively, many of these small cloisonné cups came as gifts with letters from Tibetan officials and often went unrecorded in a similar manner to that of the ceremonial scarf or khata. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector)

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  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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