Sold Ceramics - Sold Chine de commande - Western Subjects 1680-1800 - Various Subjects - Outdoor Scenes - Page 1
Height 25 mm (0.98 inch), dimensions 135 mm (5.31 inch) x 122 mm (4.80 inch), weight 150 grams (5.29 ounce (oz.))
Teapot stand / pattipan or saucer dish, hexagonal ribbed spreading sides, lobed rim, on a flat unglazed base. Used as teapot or milk jug stand. Polychrome decorated in various overglaze enamels, black and gold with a European man resting against a tree smoking a pipe in the company of a child and two dogs. The central representation surrounded by flower scrolls on a gold/black ground. Around the inside rim a trellis pattern border.
As early as 1728 the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC), "Dagh-registers" state that its ship "Coxhorn" that left Amsterdam in 1728 with destination China, returned to the Netherlands on June 13th 1730, fully loaded with tea and porcelain, among its cargo were, for instance, 810 tea pots, 251 pairs of small covered sugar-boxes and 600 pattipans. A pattipan was used to protect the surface of luxurious lacquer or painted tea tables, against the influence of a hot teapot or drops running from its spout. If, in certain circles, a special tea table was not at hand it served to protect the furniture or its valuable table-cloth from tea spots. The Dutch word "pattipan" is most likely derived from the English word "patty pan" meaning a pastry mould for little pies or pastries. These "patty pans" were very similar, in shape and size, to our "pattipannen". (Volker 1959), (Kleyn 1980, pp. 253-261)
For an identically decorated saucer, please see:
- La Porcelaine des Compagnies des Indes a décor Occidental, (F. & N. Hervouët, Paris, 1986), p.101 cat. 4.63.
- 300 Treasures, (F. Suchomel, Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague, Prague, 2015), p.423, cat. 259.
Condition: Four frtis to the rim and some wear/loss to the enamels.