Pair of Chinese famille verte sancai biscuit porcelain rhytons/libation cups, each in the form of a buffalo head with long ridged horns tied together with a rope and splashed all over with green, aubergine and yellow glaze, the eyes and horns picked out in darker glazes, the interior with a clear glaze.

5 inches, 12.7 cm high.

Early Kangxi, circa 1680.

Provenance & Additional Information

  • From the collection of Edward Rathbone Bacon (1846-1915) and each bearing the collection label. For a brief history of the collector see Roy Davids and Dominic Jellinek, Provenance, 2011, p. 56.
  • Formerly in the collection of Marvin Davidson.
  • A similar egg and spinach rhyton is illustrated by Anthony du Boulay in Christie’s Pictorial History of Chinese Ceramics, 1984, no. 13, p. 297; another with stylised hairwork painted on the head is illustrated by Howard and Ayers in China for the West, no. 604, p. 583.


Ears restored; horns retouched.