A pair of rare painted enamel covered cups and saucers
Height: 7 1/8 in, 18.1 cm
Each cup has a deep bowl with flaring sides supported on a waisted stem and spreading base; the covers are domed and each surmounted by a gilt bud-shaped knop; and the saucers have flat bases and gently flaring sides. The exteriors of the cups and covers, and interiors of the saucers are covered with lapis-lazuli blue enamel decorated with scrolling lotus and other flowers, leaf patterns, and narrow ornamental bands in gold. The interiors of the cups and the bases are enamelled turquoise.
It is possible these cups were made for the Islamic market, if not Europe.
A set of four Qianlong mark and period bowls with a similar design of gold flowers on a blue ground is illustrated in Shenyang Imperial Palace Museum, The Prime Cultural Relics Collected by Shenyang Imperial Palace Museum: The Enamel Volume, no. 4, pp. 40–1.