This archaistic vessel is carved from rock crystal and shows an intricately incised geometrical pattern on the outer body. The two handles are formed by chilong dragons, confronting each other, with their bifurcated tails circumventing the vessel in high relief.
Rock crystal objects were highly sought after by Qing Dynasty literati who referred to the material as ‘water turned to stone’.
Shape: Rounded, libation cup shape with figural handles, raised oval foot rim
Dimensions: 4,2 cm (height), 10,5 cm (length)
Condition: Fantastic condition with fine patina, remainder of old stains, and two microscopic nibbles to lip, as well as some natural flaws to the mineral
Provenance: Austrian Private collection
Auction result comparison: A similar cup, sold in these rooms on June 16th 2018, lot 69.