Sold Ceramics - Sold Red & Gold / Rouge-de-Fer 1690-1730 - Flowers, Animals and Long Elizas - Page 1
Height 31 mm (1.22 inch), diameter of rim 211 mm (8.30 inch), diameter of footring 111 mm (4.37 inch), weight 272 grams (9.59 ounce (oz.))
Dish on footring, spreading flat, underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Decorated in 'Red & Gold' / 'Rouge-de-fer' with iron-red and gold on the glaze with a moon lit scene of two insects in flight and two birds one in flight the other perched on the branch of a flowering tree growing from behind a low wall. The low wall is decorated with a river scape scene. On the left a flowering peony tree growing from behind a fence. The reverse is undecorated.
In the Netherlands this specific category of export porcelain from the Kangxi period, namely pieces that are decorated in overglaze iron-red and gold are traditionally called Melk en Bloed ('milk and blood') and much of it was bought and used in this country in past. In fact, recent research (as yet unpublished) has led to the thesis that this type of porcelain was probably specially made for the northern Dutch provinces of Groningen and Friesland. The reason for this might have been the contradicting combination of a normative Calvinistic restraint that approved of 'simple' and the subtle rich appearance of this red and gold porcelain that indicated luxury. (Suebsman 2019, p.10)
Condition: A firing flaw and three hairlines to the rim.