Fantastic Tang Ying Faux Bois Qianlong Cup Ebay UK Sells For 5K

17/08/2019: A seller in the UK listed a small famille rose cup on eBay with a 99 pence starting price. I recognized the cup as a Tang Ying piece from the Qianlong period. I had seen similar pieces in the Tang Ying museum in Jingdezhen when I was last there.

I left a good bid on the piece but failed to buy it, it probably went to mainland China. Obviously there were a few bidders that knew it was a Tang Ying piece. There were 60 bidders with 84 bids.

Faux Bois Tang Ying brushpot from the Jingdezhen Tang Ying museum.

The decoration is know as Faux Bois (Fake Wood) or teasing the eye. I posted a piece on teasing the eye pieces a few years ago by Rosemary Scott which you can read HERE.

Sellers Original Description:

The listing is for a fine Chinese Famille Rose porcelain tea cup / tea bowl with a wooden stand.
with imitated wooden effect to exterior, Turquoise enamel applied inside cup and base. with red Four characters Qianlong mark to base.

The bowl is an older example dating to the early 20th century but likely earlier period. I will ultimately let you decide for yourself and bid accordingly.

Condition (Please see both eBay & additional gallery for the full description)

In excellent original condition, No chips, No hairline cracks, No restoration.

minor firing faults/cracks during manufacture (from kiln), see pictures for full details.

approx. D 7.5cm x H 5.6cm (without wooden stand)