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A pair of Chinese Imperial porcelain famille rose butterfly cups. Six-character sealmark of Daoguang in iron-red and of the period, 1821-1850. Photo courtesy Marchant

of tall beaker form with gently flared rims, each delicately painted on the exterior with a branch of fruiting pomegranate and three butterflies in flight. 2 7/8 inches, 7.3 cm high.

• Exhibited at the Art Gallery, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, in their exhibition of Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing, from the Kwan Collection, 1983; illustrated by Peter Y.K. Lam in Imperial Porcelain of Late Qing, no. 55, p. 74.

• Exhibited at The National Museum of History, Taipei, Taiwan, in their exhibition of Imperial Porcelain of Late Ch’ing from the Kwan Collection, 1985, pl. 55.

• Formerly in the Yangzhitang Collection of Imperial Porcelain of the Late Qing Dynasty, sold by Christie’s Singapore, 30th March, 1997, no. 248.

• A similar beaker cup, formerly in the collection of the Norwegian collector Ivor Munthe Daae (1845-1924), was included by S. Marchant & Son in their Recent Acquisitions catalogue, 2003, no. 20, p. 33.

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