Pair of Chinese famille rose porcelain cups from the Republic Period decorated with the “Precocious Chicken Boy” with chickens and a poem by the Qianlong emperor. Cups bear apocryphal Qianlong fanggu mark.
A very similar and possibly matching cup, part of the Sir Percival David Foundation for Chinese Art, is displayed at the British Museum: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3180958&partId=1&people=162439&page=16&&sortBy=fromDateDesc.
These cups were acquired in Japan by Alroy Piepgras, a Northwest Airlines employee who lived in Japan between 1946 and 1952 as part of a project to set up post-WWII air routes for the US army to locations throughout Southeast Asia. During his six year stay, Piepgras and his family acquired a modest collection of Chinese porcelain and other object. Piepgras passed away in 2002, and his wife Helen in 2014, at which point their children inherited their collection.
Dimensions: Height: 2 3/4 in x diameter: 3 1/4 in.
Condition: Perfect condition with no chips, cracks or restorations.
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