THE COLLECTION
Gold Cup of Eternal Stability, 金甌永固杯
  • Wine cup with stand
  • Gold Cup of Eternal Stability, 金甌永固杯
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Beijing, China
  • Date: probably 1740-1741 (cup)
  • Medium: Gold, kingfisher feathers, pearls and gemstones (cup); wood, mother of pearl and stained ivory (stand)
  • Height: 18 cm, incl. stand
  • Height: 12.5 cm, cup
  • Width: 12 cm, cup
  • Diameter: 10 cm, stand
  • Inv: W112
  • Location: Oriental Armoury
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  • The Qianlong Emperor (1711-1799; reigned 1735-1796) used the Gold Cup of Eternal Stability to drink tusu wine, a special herbal drink, to celebrate the Chinese New Year and assure stability of the country. This cup might have been the second cup made for the emperor, in the fifth year of his reign. Its metal decoration is brighter than of the similar cup in the collection (W113), because its alloy contains more gold.

    Wallace bought the two cups at an auction in Paris in 1872. In the sale catalogue they are described as coming from the Summer Palace – the residence of the Chinese emperors that was destroyed by Anglo-French troops in 1860, during the Second Opium War.