Chinese mug with multiple repairs, c.1750

This bell-shaped footed porcelain mug was made in China in the mid 1700s. It has floral decoration in the Famille Rose palette and stands 5.5 inches tall.

It appears that someone literally loved this mug to pieces. I imagine that the person who dropped it must have been heartbroken, watching it tumble to the ground where it suffered multiple breaks, chips, and cracks. The early metal repairs, done over 150 years ago, included a band along the rim to stabilize cracks, braces on the handle, and rivets to reinforce four symmetrical chips. Much how time can mend a broken heart, a skilled restorer did an excellent yet eccentric job with this mug break-up.








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One Response to “Chinese mug with multiple repairs, c.1750”

  1. Larry Terricone says:

    This is a fascinating repair. It goes beyond a simple repair. There was skilled engineering used here. For which we are grateful.

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