Gold Cup of Eternal Stability, 金甌永固杯
  • Ceremonial cup with stand
  • Gold Cup of Eternal Stability, 金甌永固杯
  • Unknown Artist / Maker
  • Beijing, China
  • Date: 1739-1740 (cup), 19th century (stand)
  • Medium: Gold, kingfisher feathers, pearls and gemstones (cup); wood, mother of pearl and stained ivory (stand)
  • Height: 18.7 cm, incl. stand
  • Height: 13 cm, cup
  • Width: 11 cm, cup
  • Diameter: 10 cm, stand
  • Inv: W113
  • Location: Oriental Armoury
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  • This spectacular wine cup, together with a similar one in the collection (W112), was made for the Qianlong Emperor. The Gold Cup of Eternal Stability was used by the emperor to celebrate the Chinese New Year during a ceremony which took place in the Forbidden City, Beijing.

    This cup might have been the prototype, made in the fourth year of Qianlong’s reign. The model was adjusted according to his wishes and a new cup was made a year later. Four cups are recorded in total: the other two are in the palace museums in Beijing and Taipei.

    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.