China, Kangxi Period, c1690-1700





Of upright form painted in vibrant blues, each side painted with a detailed scene of

 the Crucifixion beneath a plaque inscribed 'INRI', the eyes and nose of dotted drawing,

each Cross flanked by long elaborate curing leafy scrolls with two a upward facing flowerheads (possibly a lily),

all below a band of cloud-scrolls enclosing a lily, the slightly everted rim with a band of further scrolling foliage and flora interspersed with birds; the verso with an artemesia leaf;  possibly once with a cover.


This form is also sometimes listed as a ‘chocolate cup’ or ‘teabowl’.


Condition : Excellent


3” High






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A blue and white Crucifixion jar from the

Helena Woolworth McCann Collection (Metropolitan Museum),

is discussed by Le Corbeillier, China Trade Porcelain, Patterns of Exchange, (Jar 3),

as to the  relationship of the floral motif to contemporary European embroidery

 (quoted in part below*) :



* "The spareness and formality of the floral decoration, together with its stylistic mannerisms,

 bring to mind the technique of embroidery with its satin stitches,

laid and couched threads, spangles, and French knots.

All are in evidence here, in the solid and lightly lined flowers and leaves,

 in the heavier striping of the stems,

 and in the dotted spirals.....


Particularly close, in the choice of motifs and the technique, are pillow and book covers made in England

in the mid-17th century, in which the sheen of the white satin ground favored by the embroiderer

sets off the pattern much as does the glossy white of the porcelain.

Common in Stuart needlework, too, are friezes of conventionalized flowers and birds

(analogous to that on the neck of Jar 3).

Many of the book covers, despite their cheerful decorativeness, were made for books of prayers or the Bible,

and some such source of design may have been at hand in this instance. "


  Pillow : embroidery on white satin. English,

mid-17th century; The Metropolitan Museum of Art


Further References :

For a similar Kangxi crucifixion Blue and White Porcelain beaker, with saucer see :

 Chinese Porcelain At The Time Of Empire (Nuno de Castro, ACD Editions, 2007) Page 379

For another Kangxi crucifixion Blue and White Porcelain beaker and saucer dated to 1690-1710 :

Made in China, Export Porcelain from the Leo and Doris Hodroff Collection at Winterthur

(Ronald W. Fucks II in collaboration with David S. Howard, A Winterthur Book).










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 Rare Kangxi Blue and White Crucifixion Beaker Cup, China, c1690-1799