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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: Arms and Armour I
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  • This 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 the First Stroke Ceremony which took place in the Forbidden City, Beijing.

    This cup might be the prototype, made in the fourth year of Qianlong’s reign. The model was adjusted according to the emperor's wishes and two new cups were produced the following year. One of these is the second cup in the Wallace Collection. Only four cups were made: 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 – the residence of the Chinese emperors that was looted and destroyed by Anglo-French troops in 1860, during the Second Opium War.