Sold Ceramics - Sold Red & Gold / Rouge-de-Fer 1690-1730 - Tea, Coffee and Chocolate wares -
Height 17 mm (0.67 inch), diameter of rim 107 mm (4.21 inch), diameter of footring 66 mm (2.60 inch), weight 42 grams (1.48 ounce (oz.))
Saucer on footring, slightly everted rim. Decorated in 'Red & Gold' / 'Rouge-de-fer' with iron-red, silver (oxidised) and gold with two quails near a shore, taihu (garden) rock and flowering peont and prunus plants. The reverse is undecorated.
The Silvering technique appeared around 1700. When new (or polished), silver oxide brought another highly distinctive addition to the colour palette. It was used most frequently for armorials. Its tendency to tarnish and the difficulty of maintaining the thin layer of silver caused its use to wane by mid-century. (Sargent 2012, p.238)
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)
For other objects, polychrome decorated with two quails, please see:
- Sold Ceramics - Sold Polychrome wares other since 1722 - Page 1 - Object 2011056.
Condition: A tiny firing flaw to the reverse rim.