18th century Qianlong Chinese famille rose hand painted spittoon. The vessel is modelled with a globular body and an everted neck, square form opening with chamfered corners and gilt rim. The exterior is finely decorated with a multitude of delicate butterflies in flight amongst foliage and flowers upon an ironstone red bordered base.
Lot Notes: A spittoon is a receptacle made for spitting into, especially by users of chewing and dipping tobacco. It is also known as a cuspidor (which is the Portuguese word for “spitter” or “spittoon”, from the verb “cuspir” meaning “to spit”)
Lot Reference: For a similar example see Bonhams Asian Decorative and Export Art 7th March 2006 Lot 77
Condition: Good, rubbing to the gilding, fretting around the rim, glazing firing faults to the handle.