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An ovoid-shaped Chinese Ming period porcelain jar painted in rich blue around the sides with two five-clawed dragons among clouds and with rocks and waves below.  Round the shoulder a stylised shou (long life character) seems to grow out of the lotus

Extraordinary Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Royal Collection

Dehua, Fujian Province [China]

Two trick cups 17th century

RCIN 58899

Chinese Lobby, Windsor Castle

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These white porcelain cups from southern China are trick cups. Concealed in the centre beneath the figure of a man are a set of holes, which trickle the contents over the unsuspecting holder when the cup is filled. The figure represents Xiang Yuanbian, a celebrated connoisseur of the late Ming period (1368–1644).