Silver and Gold in Ancient China
March 16 – April 14, 2012
A LARGE PARCEL-GILT SILVER FOLIATE STEMCUP
Yuan – Early Ming Dynasty, A.D. 14th Century
the flower-shaped bowl with deep sides formed by two tiers of undulating petals delineated by graceful curving ribs on the interior, radiating from a raised central spiral medallion and extending up to the lobed rim, with finely chased wave pattern on the interior of the lip, repeated around the splayed edge of the matching lobed foot, the exterior of the bowl and the hollow stem with deeply recessed channels indicating the petals, and with a raised half-round band encircling the stem, with traces of gilding on the interior medallion and on the chased decoration around the lip and foot.
Diameter 4 1⁄4 inches (10.7 cm)
Height 3 3⁄4 inches (9.5 cm)
A Yuan dynasty parcel-gilt silver stemcup of this same form and design in the Meiyintang Collection is illustrated by Krahl in the catalogue of the exhibition at the Museé Cernuschi, L’âge d’or de la Ceramique Chinoise, Paris, 1999, p. 130, fig. 1.
The shape of this silver stemcup compares very closely to the form of the Yuan white porcelain stemcup from the Mayer Collection now in the Meiyintang Collection, Zurich, illustrated by Krahl, Chinese Ceramics from the Meiyintang Collection, Volume I, London, 1994, p. 337, no. 630, and in the Cernuschi exhibition catalogue, op. cit., pp. 130-131, no. 99. The same porcelain stemcup was previously exhibited at the Cleveland Museum of Art and illustrated by Ho and Lee in Chinese Art Under the Mongols: The Yuan Dynasty, Cleveland, 1968, no. 124.
A silver foliate stemcup of smaller size and less elaborate design, with similar ripple-edged petals with lobed rims forming the cup and foot, unearthed at Longgang village, Xinghe xiang, Linli county, Hunan province in 1978 and now in the Changde City Museum is illustrated in Hunan chutu jinyinqi (Gold and Silver Excavated in Hunan), Changsha, 2009, p. 207, no. 170, attributed to the Yuan dynasty.
元 / 明初 鎏金花形銀高足杯 徑 10.7 厘米 高 9.5 厘米