A RARE CHINESE DUTCH-DECORATED BEAKER AND SAUCER THE PORCELAIN QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, THE DECORATION BEFORE 1721 | 清康熙 白釉荷蘭後加彩花蝶圖仰鐘式盃連盞
Estimate: 1,000 - 1,500 USD
A RARE CHINESE DUTCH-DECORATED BEAKER AND SAUCER THE PORCELAIN QING DYNASTY, KANGXI PERIOD, THE DECORATION BEFORE 1721
the beaker set on a slightly tapered foot rising to rounded sides and a flaring rim, the exterior later decorated in 'fine-line' style with a large central basket of flowers with insects, the reverse with a fluttering butterfly, the saucer similarly decorated, the base of both with a lozenge mark within a double-circle and incised Japanese Palace inventory number N=64.☐.
Diameter of saucer: 5⅜ in.
Both pieces with gilt lacquer repairs to the mouth rims as seen in the illustration, including two restored chips to the mouth rim of the beaker, and two restored hairlines and several small sections of the rim edge of the saucer. The saucer also with areas of overpaint possibly to conceal small nicks and fritts. The cavetto of the saucer with a small star shaped glaze crack to the cavetto at 2 o'clock. Both pieces with minor wear to the surface and the enamel and minor firing imperfections.
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The Royal Collections of Saxony, Japanese Palace, Dresden
E. & H. Manners London, June 2006
Cassidy-Geiger, 2008, no. 307, p. 613, illus.
An identical example in the Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, is illustrated in Helen Espir, European Decoration On Oriental Porcelain, 1700-1830, London, 2005, p. 115, and the author notes that this type is of 'outstanding quality and rarity'. Painted in a distinctive 'fine-line' style previously only seen in Chinese porcelain, the present example shows European flowers in a Chinese style vase. The author further suggests that the hand which decorated the example in Dresden might perhaps be a German trained enameller working in Holland.
The 1721 inventory of the Japanese Palace lists ‘N=64☐. 6 similar saucer and cups of equal height and width with different patterns’ Espir, 2005, p. 117.