Chinese export porcelain, English (?) mounts
about 1680
Marked by IW

Object Place: Europe, England (possibly)


H. 9.2 cm (3 5/8 in.); W. 11.4 cm (4 1/2 in.); Diameter (of rim) 6.4 cm (2 1/2in.)

Accession Number


Medium or Technique

Hard-paste porcelain (China, Dehua, Fukien Province, for export) with silver mount

Not On View


Asia, Europe



The body of the mug of hard-paste porcelain. It is bulbous, straight neck with horizontal ribbing. Around the plain foot and below the neck is an incised chevron pattern. The handle is ear shaped. The plain silver rim has a foliate border. The mug is wheel thrown from a fine, translucent white porcelain. The ribbed section of the neck is incised, and the chevron borders are applied with slip. The silver collar is constructed of two seamed pieces of sheet, joined along the rim with a small wire applied to the lower edge. The border is cut, pierced, and engraved.


On rim, maker's mark IW a pellet below in a shaped shield (unrecorded)


Christie, Manson & Woods, London, March 20, 1963, lot 29 [Garrard & Co., London], purchased by MFA for £160. (Accession date: May 8, 1963)

Credit Line

Theodora Wilbour Fund in memory of Charlotte Beebe Wilbour