Chinese Imari 1700-1800 - Page 1
Provenance: Mrs Elburg-van Dam, Groningen, The Netherlands.
Height 130 mm (5.12 inch), diameter 85 mm (3.35 inch), diameter of mouthrim 85 mm (3.35 inch), diameter of footring 65 mm (2.56 inch), weight 441 grams (15.56 ounce (oz.))
Tankard on footring. C-shaped handle and an underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. The cylindrical sides are decorated with two panels filled with a flowering peony tree. In between the panels flower heads on a whorl pattern ground. On the a trellis pattern border with four reserves filled with flower heads. A single flower spray on the C-shaped handle which ends in a ruyi-shaped ornament.
For centuries lo-alcoholic beer had been a common less risky alternative to water, which often was quite polluted. There has therefore been a long design tradition of beer ware such as beer jugs, mugs and crucibles. As soon as the possibility arose of having porcelain copies of all kinds of practical Dutch (household) ware manufactured in China, beer jugs were also often made to order there. Both tall straight models as well as bulbous types were available. In Japan beer mugs were only manufactured for trade during a short period of time in the late 17th century. The existence of Delft copies of these jugs illustrates that there must have been a considerable demand for them in the Netherlands in those days. (source: Groninger Museum)
For a similarly shaped and decorated tankard, please see:
- Have a Cup of Tea. Chinese Porcelain and Tea in North-West Germany, (Exhibition catalogue, Isensee Verlag, Oldenburg, 2015), p.78, cat. 34 / Made in China, Porzellan und Teekultur im Nordwesten, (Exhibition catalogue, Isensee Verlag, Oldenburg, 2015), p.112, cat. 34.
Condition: Two firing flaws to the outer footring, a fleabite to the rim and a frit to the underside of the ruyi- shaped ornament.
Price: reduced from € 799 - $ 897 - £ 721 now with 40% discount to € 479 - $ 546 - £ 435
(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)