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Recent Acquisitions

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Latest update; September 22, 2017.

2011396
2011396

Chinese wares over-decorated in the West 1700-1800 - English over-decorated

 

Object 2011396

 

Bowl

 

China

 

1720-1740, over-decorated in England 1750-1770

 

Height 61 mm (2.40 inch), diameter of rim 105 mm (4.13 inch), diameter of footring 38 mm (1.50 inch), weight 143 grams (5.04 ounce (oz.))

 

Bowl on footring with steeply rounded sides and a straight underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Decorated in underglaze blue with flowering chrysanthemum plants alternating with flowering peony plants, on the bottom a single flowering spray. Over-decorated in England c.1750-1770, with blue enamel, iron-red and gold with flower heads and leafy sprays and stylised reserves filled half flower heads and leafy sprays. Around the foot circles and three asterisks. Inside around the rim a pointed upturned lotus leaves in gold on a blue enamel ground with stylised reserves filled half flower heads and leafy sprays. On the bottom a river scene with pagodas, trees, flags and mountains.

 

For similarly, English over-decorated objects please see:

Condition: Two tiny fleabites and a hairline to the rim.

 

References:

Espir 2005, cat. 16

Sargent 2012, p.183

Salisbury 2014, cat. 405 & 406

 

Price: € 199 - $ 238 - £ 175

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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2010C306
2010C306

Chinese Imari 1700-1800

 

Object 2010C306

  

Dish 

  

China 

  

c.1720-30 

  

Height  29 mm (1.14 inch), diameter of rim 234 mm (9.21 inch), diameter of footring 121 mm (4.76 inch), weight 317 grams (11.18 ounce (oz.)) 

  

Dish on footring, flat underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou).  Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red, black and gold with two deer, one white the other brown with spots, near a flowering tree with a peony plant and a fence with taihu (garden) rocks and flowering plants. On the sides and rim a broad underglaze blue band with trelliswork and flowers in gold, on four places debouching into three large flowering bushes, alternating with four clusters with antiquities. On the reverse two leafy sprays. 

  

Interestingly, the decoration of this dish is almost identical to the plates with the well-known ‘Governor Duff and his Wife’ design. Here the couple and accompanying dog have been replaced with the two deer. This version with the two deer seems to be unrecorded in literature so far. 

 

D.S. Howard, Choice of the Private Trader, London 1994, p. 62, plate 37.

 

Imari Dish with a European gentleman and woman and their dog (‘Governor Duff and his wife’), 31,8 cm, taken from: D.S. Howard, Choice of the Private Trader, London 1994, p. 62, plate 37.  

  

Since Williamson (1927) this couple was named as such, referring to the Dutch Governor-General Diederik Durven (governor-general 1729-1931) and his wife Anna Catharina de Roo. Speculation has also led to the figures being misidentified as King Louis XIV of France and la marquise de Montespan or Madame de Maintenon.  

As Howard and Ayers rightly point out, there is no proof of this identification and it is much more likely that the design was based on a print or drawing, depicting a ‘happy Frisian couple’ of Dutch tradition in a general way. They also state that both D.F. Lunsingh Scheurleer and M. Beurdeley are also in agreement that the subject is Dutch rather than French (Jörg 1989/2, p.76; Howard & Ayers 1978, vol. I, pp. 145-146 & plate 127)

 

Sargent suggests a depiction of a “Sailor’s Farewell”, a theme which was used extensively on Western art of all media, and consequently it was fairly commonly depicted on export decorative arts including porcelain, reverse paintings on glass and lacquer. (Sargent 2012, pp.193-195

 

As it turns out, Howard & Ayers were right on the mark with their suggestion of a ‘happy Frisian couple’. In his Emden catalogue (2015), after he had made a closer study of the couple’s attire, Suebsman points out that both the man and woman are wearing clothing of the sort worn up to the mid-19th century at weddings in the Frisian community of Hindeloopen. Now but a small village, in the Dutch Golden Age Hindeloopen was a flourishing port town in which a considerable amount of trade was conducted.  

 

Bridal couple in Hindeloopen costume, taken from Th. Melkenboer, De Nederlandse Nationale Klederdrachten, Amsterdam 2017, plate 63.

 

Bridal couple in Hindeloopen costume, taken from Th. Melkenboer, De Nederlandse Nationale Klederdrachten, Amsterdam 2017, plate 63. 

 

The bridegroom has a tricorn (driesteek) on his head and is wearing a long coat with several knots, breeches and low shoes, whilst the bride sports a white net veil (witmoer). Her coat (wentke) was made not from local material but invariably from choice Indian chintz, usually embellished with exotic patterns in a brownish red. She carried her bag to the right to indicate that she was now spoken for. The dog on the plate is probably to be interpreted as a symbolical reference to the couple’s fidelity to one another.  

Couples and families in similar costume also exist in the form of blanc de Chine and polychrome figures from the late 17th and 18th centuries. A drawing of one such couple is documented on a coromandel lacquer chest-of-drawers illustrated in Hervouët & Bruneau. (Emden 2015/1, p. 97 cat. 72)

 

For objects with identically decorated rim and a Dutch couple with dog, please see:  

The deer design symbolises best wishes for a career as an official and good fortune and prosperity. This is because the Chinese word for deer, lu, has the same sound as the word for the high salary of a Chinese official. Another reason for the association with Chinese scholar-bureaucrats or literati is that one of the concluding rituals of the provincial examinations that had to be passed if one was to become an official in the Chinese civil service was a party known as the Banquet of Auspicious Omens, ore more literally the Deer-cry Banquet. 

More frequently however, in Daoist mythology especially the spotted deer are considered auspicious animals connected to immortality. This is because they were believed to attain great age. Furthermore, they were the only animals able to locate and eat the special fungus of longevity, lingzhi. These special mushrooms were found on the paradise islands of Penglai. In Chinese mythology, the Penglai mountain is often called the base of the Eight Immortals, or at least where they travelled to have a banquet. In Chinese art, the spotted deer usually accompanies Shoulao or Magu, the God and Goddess of Longevity. Because of all this, even today the horns of deer have an important place in Chinese medicine and can be found in every Chinese apothecary shop. The soft internal part of the horns is dried, pulverised, and made up into pills. The inferior parts are boiled up into jelly or tincture. 

According to Bjaaland Welch, in Chinese legends the different colours of the deer signified the age: a 1000-year-old deer was depicted with grey fur, a white one for an impressive age of 5000 years. 

 

Condition: Some wear to the central decoration, firing flaws to the reverse rim and fleabites, frits and two chips to the rim.

  

References: 

Williamson 1927, pp.141-149

Beurdeley 1962, cat. 192

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1966, cat. 194

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1968, cat. 218

Williams 1976, pp. 115-116

Gordon 1977, cat. 73

Hervouët 1986, cat. 7.31

Howard & Ayers 1978, vol. I, cat. 127

Jörg 1986/2, pp.517-521

New York 1985, lot 77

Jörg 1989/2, cat. 76 & 77

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1989, p.209 & p. 220-221, Afb.G

Bartholomew 2006, p.102/164, also cat.5.7, 6.7, 6.7.5,7.16

Bjaaland Welch 2008, pp. 116-118

Antonin & Suebsman 2009, cat. 94

Ströber 2011, pp. 160-162

Sargent 2012, cat. 91

Emden 2105, cat. 72

 

Price: € 349 - $ 417 - £ 307

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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2012104
2012104

Blue & White Kangxi Period wares 1662-1722

 

Object 2012104

 

Small salt

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height 38 mm (1.49 inch), diameter top 58 mm (2.28 inch), diameter concave scale 38 mm (1.50 inch), diameter foot 59 mm (2.32 inch), weight 93 grams (3.28 ounce (oz.)) 

 

Small salt, the high domed body on three small ball feet, a recessed glazed base. The neck widening into a flat rim with a concave top. Decorated in underglaze blue with flowering peony plants alternating with small flowering plants. On the flat top and round the foot a zig-zag-lines pattern border, a lotus plant on top. Marked on the bottom with the symbol mark: artemisia leaf, underglaze blue.

 

Modelled after an European pewter or earthenware salt, the material and the Chinese style decoration made this salt an exotic object that was prominently placed on a richly laid table. At this time salts were ordered separately, and only much later as part of a dinner service. With many Christian connotations, salt was an important seasoning at dinner before the 19th century and salts were larger and more elaborate than they are today. (Howard 1994, p.125 & Jörg 2011/2, p.148)

 

Condition: A very tiny glaze rough spot to the top rim. A fleabite and five frits (one with a connected hairline) to the under/inside of the foot.

 

References:

Howard 1994, p.125 

Jörg 2011/2, p.148

 

Price: € 399 - $ 478 - £ 362

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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2012086
2012086

Polychrome wares other since 1722

 

Object 202086

 

Teapot

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Height (with cover) 118 mm (4.65 inch), height (without cover) 83 mm (3.27 inch), diameter handle to spout 169 mm (6.65 inch), diameter of mouthrim 55 mm (2.17 inch), diameter of footring 52 mm (2.05 inch), weight with cover 356 grams (12.56 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 84 grams (2.96 ounce (oz.))

 

Globular teapot on footring, curved handle with a straight spout, domed and pierced cover with knob. Polychrome decorated in iron-red, gold, black and other overglaze enamels with a continuous river scene with a fisherman's boat, trees near a rocky bank, pagodas, pavilions a watchtower and a bridge with two figures, one walking the other on horseback. Round the rim a foliate and floral scroll border. The cover is decorated en suite.

 

The decoration shows a river scene with pagodas and pavilions which to contemplate the surrounding nature far from civilisation, a common theme on porcelain, especially from the mid-17th century onwards. The theme appears on ordinary as well as on expensive, high-class, and will certainly have been appreciated by Chinese scholars, who cherished a tradition of going back to nature and a simple life, leaving behind the stress of office or court for a time. Europeans, too, will have enjoyed such decorations as they gave an idealised impression of the Chinese countryside, thus confirming their romantic ideas about the Middle Kingdom. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p. 219)

  

Condition:

Teapot: A popped bubble of glaze with a tiny firing tension hairline to the handle, a chip, two frits and glaze rough spots to the tip of the spout.

Cover: A glaze rough spot to the knob and a chip with a hairline to the rim.

 

Reference:

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p. 219

 

Price: € 699 - $ 831 - £ 641

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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2011665 & 2011666
2011665 & 2011666

Red & Gold / Rouge-de-Fer 1690-1730

 

Objects 2011665 & 2011666

 

A pair of small mugs


China

1710-1720

 

2011665: Height 62 mm (2.44 inch), diameter of rim 59 mm (2.32 inch), diameter of footring 60 mm (2.36 inch), weight 140 grams (4.94 ounce (oz.)) 

 

2011666: Height 62 mm (2.44 inch), diameter of rim 63 mm (2.48 inch), diameter of footring 63 mm (2.48 inch), weight 137 grams (4.83 ounce (oz.)) 

 

A pair of small mugs with handles on flat, unglazed, bases. Around the bases a single moulded circular ribs. Decorated in 'Red & Gold' / 'Rouge-de-fer' with iron-red and gold on the glaze with peacock feathers and coral branches in a large flower vase decorated with a flowering plant. The flower vase is placed on leaves and flanked by flower sprays. Round the rims a trellis pattern border with four reserves filled with a half flower head. On the handles a single flowering stem.

 

The large peacock feathers are a symbol of high rank, the coral branch stands for longevity. (Lunsingh Scheurleer 1974, p. 222)

 

Condition: 

2011665:A firing tension hairline to the handle and a (restored) frit to the rim.

2011666: A hairline to the rim.

 

Reference:

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1974, p. 222

  

Price: Sold.

 

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2012099
2012099

Red & Gold / Rouge-de-Fer 1690-1730

 

Object 2012099

 

Teacup and saucer

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height of teacup 44 mm (1.73 inch), diameter of rim 73 mm (2.87 inch), diameter of footring 31 mm (1.22 inch), weight 55 grams (1.94 ounce (oz.))

 

Height of saucer 21 mm (0.83 inch), diameter of rim 118 mm (4.65 inch), diameter of footring 60 mm (2.36 inch)), weight 79 grams (2.79 ounce (oz.))

 

Moulded teacup and saucer on footrings with everted scalloped sides and rims. Decorated in 'Red & Gold' or 'Rouge de Fer' with iron-red, black enamel and gold on the glaze with two ladies in a garden landscape near a fence with flowering plants, trees, clouds and the sun. On the sides large panels filled with flowering plants. The reverse is undecorated. The teacup is decorated en suite.

 

On this teacup and saucer we see a scene from the Xixiangji (The Romance of the Western Chamber), a comedy play in eight books by Wang Shifu (c.1250-1300). Here we see the two characters Yingying and Hongniang admiring flowers in the gardens of Pujiu Monastery. The student Zhang is about to see Yingying for the first time and fall in love with her. (Düsseldorf 2015, cat. 123.1)

 

For an identically decorated dish, please see:

Condition teacup: Some very tiny and shallow fleabites and frits and a short hairline  to the rim.

Condition saucer: Some frits, fleabites and a firing flaw to the footring, a shallow glaze rough spot to the rim.

 

Reference:

Düsseldorf 2015, cat. 123.1

 

Price: € 349 - $ 411 - £ 321

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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2011724
2011724

Japanese Imari 1690-1800

 

Object 2011724

 

Dish

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height 35 mm (1.38 inch), diameter of rim 219 mm (8.62 inch), diameter of footring 115 mm (4.53 inch), weight 384 grams (13.54 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, flat rim. On the base five spur-marks in a X-pattern. Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with two quails amongst flowering plants surrounded by a border of half chrysanthemum flower heads in gold on an underglaze blue ground. On the sides and rim leafy and flowering peony scrolls. The reverse is undecorated. 

 

The quail, or a pair of quails, fairly often used as a motif on fine porcelain, is a symbol of courage because of its fighting qualities. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.213)

 

Condition: A hairline to the rim.

 

Reference:

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.213

 

Price: € 199 - $ 234 - £ 180

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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2012095
2012095

Delft Faience 1640-1730 / Other Earthenware - Delft Faience 1640-1730

 

Object 2012095

 

Dish

 

Dutch (Delft)

 

Second half 18th century

 

Height 23 mm (0.91 inch), diameter of rim 229 mm (9.02 inch), diameter of footring 105 mm (4.13 inch), weight (including steel frame) 363 grams (12.80 ounce (oz.))

 

Earthenware dish, straight rim with a flat foot. Fitted in a steel frame. Decorated in different shades of blue on a white tin glaze in Chinese kraak style with a duck in a marsh landscape with peonies and clouds looking up at a duck in flight in a centre sixtagonal medallion. On the sides and rim six broad panels containing peaches and artemisia leaves and six narrow panels filled with dotss. The reverse is undecorated. The footring has been double pierced.

 

The dish is decorated in a way Chinese kraak porcelain of the 2nd quarter of the 17th century was decorated. (Rinaldi 1989, p.137)

   

For a similarly decorated, original Chinese kraak dish, please see:

Condition: Missing pieces of  glaze to the rim.

 

Reference:

Rinaldi 1989, p.137

 

Price: € 299 - $ 348 - £ 267

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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2012077
2012077

Famille Verte 1680-1725

 

Object 2012077

 

A miniature 'doll's house' vase

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height 57 mm (2.24 inch), diameter 30 mm (1.18 inch), diameter of mouthrim 14 mm (0.55 inch), diameter of footring 16 mm (0.63 inch), weight 25 grams (0.88 ounce (oz.))

 

Moulded miniature 'doll's house' vase on footring. Decorated in various overglaze famille verte enamels with a border of ascending pointed lotus leaves around the footring, on the body four moulded panels each filled with a single flowering stem, around the neck two sprays of grasses.

 

At the beginning of the 18th century, there was a fashion among wealthy Dutch ladies to have models made on the scale of a house, the so called 'doll's houses'. The rooms of these doll's houses were furnished with miniature pieces of porcelain, furniture, paintings, upholstery and all other sorts of objects that would have belonged to the interior of a wealthy home. These doll's houses were very costly and certainly not meant for children to play with but were proudly displayed for friends and visitors and regarded as extremely luxurious items - counterparts of the cabinets of curiosities that were a fashionable hobby of rich men. Only a few of these doll's houses have been preserved. One example can be found in the Gemeentemuseum in The Hague showing an 18th century room with porcelain miniatures in cupboards and on brackets along the wall. In reality, the majority of these "miniature doll's house vases" would have been part of the interior. A good example of an authentic porcelain room is the famous cabinet in Pommersfelden Castle, Germany, where groups of pieces on brackets are surrounded by these miniature vases lining the borders of the consoles. (Jörg & Flecker 2001, pp.50-51)

 

Condition: A popped bubble of glaze to the outer footring caused by the firing process and some firing flaws to the base.

 

Reference:

Jörg & Flecker 2001, pp.50-52

 

Price: € 199 - $ 212 - £ 170

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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Kraak Porcelain wares 1570-1645 - Bowls

 

Object 2012027

 

Bowl

 

China

 

1630-1645

 

Height 151 mm (5.95 inch), diameter of rim 337 mm (13.27 inch), diameter of footring 144 mm (5.67 inch), weight 2,657 grams (93.72 ounce (oz.))

 

2012027 2

 

2012027 13

 

 

Bowl on footring, straight rim with foliated edge. Kiln sand adhering to the inner footring. Decorated in underglaze blue with a riverscape with houses, trees and figures in a central medallion surrounded by a broad floral scroll border. Both in- and outside walls are divided in six large and six narrow panels. The large panels have a floral scroll border, three are filled with Chinese figures and river scenes with houses and trees, the other three are filled with Iznik-like flowers, the narrow panels are filled with tulips and flowers. Above the footring a broad floral scroll border.

 

According to Rinaldi this bowl can be classified as a Shape VI.3 bowl with Transitional features (c.1635-1650). The shape and body of these bowls comply with kraak characteristics, yet their decoration has adopted features typical of the Transitional style: it is much more elaborate and stylized and includes narrative scenes with figures as well as Dutch flowers, tulips and Iznik style flowers. The centre medallions offer a very wide selection of motifs, either typically Chinese or with European influence. The broad border around the centre medallion is decorated with a variety of motifs, like simple or floral scrolls, palmettes and semicircles. Both inside and outside walls are divided in large and narrow panels from three to six each. The large panels have a border with scrolls or vegetal motifs and are usually filled with extremely stylized and thinly-drawn flowers with Iznik influence or with European houses with Chinese figures. The narrow panels are filled with tulips and thinly-drawn flowers with Iznik influence. These bowls are an exact parallel with Border IX dishes and should be dated accordingly: 1635-1650. Curiously, while there are several Border IX dishes in the Topkapi Saray, there are no bowls with Transitional features. This would indicate that the production was mainly intended for the Dutch home market where most of these bowls are still to be found today. (Rinaldi 1989, pp.163-164)

 

Although the manufacture and the division into panels are still in kraak style, the decoration is Transitional, in particular the use of the 'tulip' motif. It has been suggested that the spinner and the houses were derived from European prints and drawings, but there is no evidence for this as yet. (Jörg 1984, pp.54-55, cat. 11 & Jörg 2011/1, pp.144-145, cat. 40)

 

For identically shaped, sized and decorated with the riverscape motif bowls, please see:

For another identically shaped and sized bowl, decorated with 'the Spinner'' motif,  please see:

For another identically shaped and sized bowl that on the outer wall is decorated with a continuous landscape scene with various figures in a typical Chinese style but on the inside is decorated with the same large and narrow panels filled with European houses with Chinese figures and tulips and thinly-drawn flowers with Iznik influence, please see:

Another extremely rare, unusually large Dutch (Delft) faience bowl closely follows a Chinese model in shape and size, but the panels are decorated with Chinoiseries composed of exotic Chinese decorative elements rendered in a personal, Western way by the painter in Delft, please see:

Condition: Some glaze rough spots to the rim, two hairlines and to re-stuck pieces to the wall.

 

References:

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1981, cat. 73

Jörg 1982/2, cat. 61

Jörg 1983, cat. 11

Jörg 1984, cat. 11

Rinaldi 1989, pp.163-164, Pl.203

Jörg 2011/1, cat. 40 & 41

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2010732
2010732

Japanese Garnitures or Parts of a Garniture

 

Object 2010732

 

Beaker vase

 

Japan

 

1700-1730

 

Height 318 mm (12.52 inch), diameter of mouthrim 170 mm (6.69 inch), diameter of footring 80 mm (3.15 inch), weight 1,327 grams (46,81 ounce (oz.))

 

Large beaker vase on footring, waisted cylindrical shape spreading to the rim, a takefushi-shaped foot. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with two groups of pierced rockwork with flowering peony and chrysanthemum plants. Round the neck two panels reserved on a dark blue ground filled with flowering plants and birds. The panels are flanked by three chrysanthemum flower heads on a dark blue ground with leafy scrolls in gold. Round the rim a border with panels filled with antiquities in iron-red alternating with antiquities in underglaze blue. Just above the foot a border with upturned spiky lotus leaves and round the foot a spiral border. On the inside two wide spread flower sprays with leafy scrolls.

 

This large beaker vase was once part of a garniture which mostly consisted of three covered oviform-shaped jars and two cylindrical beaker vases with spreading mouths, all with the same decoration, They were very popular in The Netherlands and elsewhere in Europe, where they were used as decorative items in the interior. (Jörg 2003/1, p.259)

 

The shape of the bulging foot, which spreads and then turns sharply inward, is seen on many ewers of this period as well as on later jars, vases and other pieces. It is a distinctively Japanese feature, called takefushi, 'bamboo-noded' foot. (Jörg 2003/1, p.74)

 

Condition: Two unglazed spots on the rim and fine crazing to the glaze.

 

Reference:

Jörg 2003/1, p.74 & p.259

 

Price: € 599 - $ 692 - £ 531 

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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2010C305
2010C305

Red & Gold / Rouge-de-Fer 1690-1730 

 

Object 2010C305

 

Dish

 

China

 

c.1700

 

Height 35 mm (1.38 inch), diameter of rim 212 mm (8.35 inch), diameter of footring 112 mm (4.41 inch), weight 268 grams (9.45 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, flat rim. Decorated in 'Red & Gold' / 'Rouge-de-fer' with iron-red and gold on the glaze with a pheasant perched on the branch of a peony tree, surrounded by flowering peonies and aster. On the sides and rim six large panels filled with flowering lotus plants, separated by a thin line pouring out into small umbrella shaped panels, filled with a zig-zag lines pattern and a single half flower head. In the centre of the reserve a double circle in underglaze blue.

 

The pheasant (ye yi ;雉) is a very popular motif on Chinese export porcelain and frequently appears on enamelled and underglaze blue Kangxi wares. It also plays a rather prominent part in early Chinese literature. In Chinese bureaucratic hierarchy officials of the second grade had a gold pheasant embroidered on their court robes, those of the fifth grade a silver pheasant. The bird was represented as standing on a rock, looking towards the sun, the imperial symbol of authority. Pheasants are also strongly associated with women. During the Song Dynasty (960-1279) the robe the empress wore on grand state occasions was decorated with colourful pheasants contained within a red border decorated with dragons and clouds. It is not always easy to distinguish the pheasant from the phoenix as it often shares the attributes and meanings. Here, the pheasant is depicted as a general symbol of beauty and good fortune. 

 

For another identically shaped dish with a similar central design, please see:

Condition: Various glaze rough spots and some fleabites to the rim 

 

References:

Williams 1976, pp.322-323

Eberhard 1986, pp.233-234

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 171

Bjaaland Welch 2008, p.80

 

Price: € 349 - $ 398 - £ 307 

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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2011922
2011922

Chinese wares over-decorated in the West 1700-1800 - Dutch over-decorated Amsterdams Bont wares

 

Object 2011922

 

Bowl

 

China

1730-1750, over-decorated in the Netherlands, Amsterdams Bont, c.1750-1770

 

Height 65 mm (2.56 inch), diameter of rim 146 mm (2.56 inch), diameter of footring 60 mm (2.36 inch), weight 251 grams (8.53 ounce (oz.))

 

Bowl with carved anhua decoration on footring with a straight underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Decorated in underglaze blue with two diaper pattern borders one near the foorting the other round the rim. On the bottom a flower head in a double concentric band, over-decorated in iron-red, black, gold and other overglaze enamels, in the Netherlands, Amsterdams Bont, c.1750-1770 with two wide spread peony plants and two birds perched on the branches. On the interior wall insects in flight alternating with peony flower sprays. On the bottom three clusters of flower sprays originating from a flower head in gold.

 

Anhua is a Chinese term meaning 'secret or hidden decoration', it is incised or carved into the body below the glaze. (Espir 2005, p.254

 

Espir describes an identically shaped and sized and almost identically decorated bowl as 'decorated in famille verte palette but famille rose style' for this Dutch over-decorated Amsterdams Bont bowl, please see:

Condition: A tiny fleabite to the rim.

 

References:

Espir 2005, p.103 cat. 37 & p.254

Sargent 2012, p.183

Salisbury 2014, cat. 372

 

Price: € 499 - $ 557 - £ 439

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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2012062

Japanese Blue & White wares 17th century

 

Object 2012062

 

Dish

 

Japan

 

1680-1700

 

Height 38 mm (1.50 inch), diameter of rim 149 mm (5.87 inch), diameter of footring 78 mm (3.07 inch), weight 198 grams (6.98 ounce (oz.))

 

Decagonal dish on footring, moulded sides, upturned underglaze brown-edged rim. On the bas a single supr-mark. Decorated in underglaze blue with a river scene covering the whole surface. On the right-hand bank two scholars seated at a table near a flowering prunus tree, on the opposite bank a servant near a banana tree, walking towards a bridge. On the reverse, a foliate scroll. Marked on the base with a square fuku (good luck) mark in running script.

 

For a similarly decorated dish, please see:

Condition: Restored.

 

Reference:

London 1997, cat. 78

 

Price: Sold.

 

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