Brightly coloured earthenware tea cup decorated with birds, butterflies and figures, manufactured in China during the late Qing Dynasty (1644-1912), circa 1880.

The small Chinese court at the 1880 Melbourne International Exhibition was located in the northern transept of the Royal Exhibition Building. Its principal feature was a large hexagonal temple that displayed tea from every province of China.

Physical Description

Earthenware tea cup. (One of two) Each teacup has a decorative floral design in green, pink, russet, blue and cream. Painted stems, leaves, and flowers border three 'window' designs. One window depicts a bird, insects, flowers and butterflies, another a duck on a lake, and the last an interior scene with figures in opulent costume. Some gilding appears to have originally been on the rim of each cup, but has rubbed off with use.

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