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1735-1745, over-decorated in the Netherlands 1735-1745
Height 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of rim 120 mm (4.72 inch), diameter of footring 70 mm (2.76 inch), weight 61 grams (2.15 ounce (oz.))
Saucer on footring, straight rim. Decorated with overglaze green and white enamel flowering plants growing from a taihu (garden) rock. Over-decorated in the Netherlands 1735-1745, with iron-red and gold with, with a single butterfly, (carefully positioned on the original taihu (garden) rock and gilded panels and borders. The reverse is undecorated.
Technically a fascinating saucer, it seems that the original decoration has tried to be burned of before it was over-decorated in the Netherlands 1750-1770, with an iron-red and gold with red-edged gilt decoration fashioned like petals, and the butterflies were not applied by the hand of a Chinese artist. It is an artistic addition of enamel paint, executed in the Netherlands. Complete tea services with the decoration shown here exist, parts of which one can find in several European collections, but also in the Topkapi Palave Museum in Istanbul. (Suebsman 2019, p.117)
Polychrome enamelled porcelains, in particular gilt-enamelled wares were much more costly when bought in China than blue-and-white or undecorated pieces. Even more expensive were porcelains made to order, for which the trader had been given the drawing or the print of a pattern by a customer to take to China, so that he could receive the finished pieces with desired decoration roughly a year later. Some traders from Amsterdam hit upon the idea to buy undecorated ware of wares with only spare blue decoration at a reasonable price and have these decorated or over-decorated in the Netherlands. Up to now, the workshops where these later European decorations were carried out have not been identified but could possibly have been faience workshops in Delft, which had skilled ceramic painters and where also the necessary kilns for firing were available. In collectors' jargon, these porcelains, decorated in Europe but probably often sold to buyers as original Chinese wares, are called Amsterdams Bont (coloured ware from Amsterdam) or clobbered ware. (Suebsman 2019, p.116)
For an originally Chinese decorated object, please see:
- China for the West. Chinese Porcelain and other Decorative Arts for Export illustrated from the Mottahedeh Collection, (D.S. Howard & J. Ayers, Philip Wilson Publishers for Sotheby Parke Bernet Publications, London 1978), vol. 1, p.165, cat. 153.
- Chinese export porcelain in North America, (J. McClure Mudge, Riverside Book Company, Inc., New York, 2000), page 122, object 184.
Condition: Two popped bubbles of glaze caused by the firing process to the rim.