“Port scene” Qianlong mug, c.1780

I seem to have many Chinese export mugs in my collection, including this large one with an intricately painted Mandarin port scene. I purchased this, along with another large mug, in London last year.

I love the stylized cobalt blue underglaze border along the rim and the beautiful colors of the famille rose palette, highlighted with gilt detailing.

Mug proudly stands 6-1/4″ high and is 5-1/4″ in diameter.

It is possible that the fine rope covering on the bronze replacement handle was itself replaced, after a more typical rattan covering wore out over many years of use.

The bottom of the mug has an early hand painted “25” mark, possibly a dealer’s price or inventory number.

This mug with similar form and decoration still has its original porcelain handle intact.

Photo courtesy of Mimi’s Antiques

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One Response to ““Port scene” Qianlong mug, c.1780”

  1. Alan Whitehouse says:

    From London – the handwritten mark is ’25/-‘ – twenty five shillings – the pre-decimal shorthand for what is now £1-25; when we still had real money!

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