Chinese porcelain mugs and tankards - Call Again

an exhibition not to be missed

The opening of the exhibition Call Again was a success and we would like to thank all of you that came to our London gallery to attend to this exhibition and to the launch of the book 'Tankards and Mugs: Drinking from Chinese Export Porcelain' on the 1st of July.

Each mug or tankard tells a story and represents the habits and customs of the time. These types of vessels show the evolution of the techniques, shapes and decorations throughout the centuries. Vessels used to contain drink were often treasured containers, and time and care was spent on their manufacture and decoration. They needed to be practical, functional utensils, but also beautiful. When Chinese porcelain reached Europe, an ideal match was made. Top quality wares were highly regarded luxury items, and they included tankards and mugs.

Some fine examples of the mugs and tankards of the exhibition Call Again that we are proud to present, include:
three graduated mugs of different sizes, decorated in overglaze famille rose enamels; a mug decorated on the inside with a Chinese male figure, which only becomes visible after the consumption of the alcoholic beverage, intended to entertain or even provoke whoever finished the drink; a beautiful tankard covered in powder blue and decorated in gold; a mug with the arms of the British Rait family, probably ordered by the family; and a miniature mug – with a volume of 30 ml – that had an interesting function: men frequently offered miniature tankards and mugs to their wives when their first child was born, as beer was considered to be beneficial for lactation.

We would like to invite you to visit this interesting exhibition and to find out more about these Chinese porcelain objects. On view 1-22 July, at our London gallery.

Our much awaited book Tankards and Mugs: Drinking from Chinese Export Porcelain written by Maria Antónia Pinto de Matos and Rose Kerr has been launched this month. The book illustrates almost 200 Chinese porcelain tankards and mugs, from 11 different countries including those from 23 museums and 18 private collections, dating from the 15th-19th centuries, each catalogued and referenced in detail.