A Chinese porcelain famille rose, fencai enamelled beaker cup with gently flared rim, splayed ribbed foot and lion mask and ring handles, painted on one side with the three Star gods,  Fu Xing, Lu Xing and Shoulao holding a peach, holding a peach while pointing up at a blossoming tree, all in a rockwork landscape, the reverse with a ten-character couplet with a two-character mark and two seals, all between borders with open-winged iron-red bats.
10.8 cm high.
Yongzheng/early Qianlong, circa 1735.

*From an important American private collection.
*Two similar cups with related figures, but differently painted (one with handles), were sold by Sotheby’s Hong Kong in their auction of The Paul & Helen Bernat Collection of Important Qing Imperial Porcelain and Works of Art, 15th November 1988, lot 37.
*The couplet reads “tian shang san tai chong Ren jian yi pin zun” and translates, “in the heavens, the three terraces, on Earth, a first quality vessel”. The two-character mark reads ji ju, followed by two seals.
*The superior quality of the glaze and the enamels together with this style of border indicates Imperial manufacture. It is interesting to note that this group were all painted and fired at the same time and the rockwork colour is typical of late Yongzheng painting.

Excellent condition, gilt worn to handles.

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