Pair of Chinese Famille Rose Cups with Boy and Chickens
Description: Pair of Chinese famille rose porcelain cups from the Republic Period decorated with the âPrecocious Chicken Boyâ with chickens and a poem by the Qianlong emperor. Cups bear apocryphal Qianlong fanggu mark. A very similar and possibly matching cup, part of the Sir Percival David Foundation for Chinese Art, is displayed at the British Museum: http://www.britishmuseum.org/research/collection_online/collection_object_details.aspx?objectId=3180958&partId=1&people=162439&page=16&&sortBy=fromDateDesc. These cups were acquired in Japan by Alroy Piepgras, a Northwest Airlines employee who lived in Japan between 1946 and 1952 as part of a project to set up post-WWII air routes for the US army to locations throughout Southeast Asia. During his six year stay, Piepgras and his family acquired a modest collection of Chinese porcelain and other object. Piepgras passed away in 2002, and his wife Helen in 2014, at which point their children inherited their collection.