Blue and White wares since 1722
Height with cover 114 mm (4.49 inch), height without cover 98 mm (3.86 inch), dimensions 86 mm (3.39 inch) x 55 mm (2.17 inch), diameter of mouthrim 23 mm (0.90 inch), weight with cover 276 grams (9.74 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 33 grams (1.16 ounce (oz.))
Tea caddy of rectangular form with canted corners, a flat shoulder with a short upright neck. The flat base is unglazed. The original cover is missing and replaced by silver mounts (marked). Decorated in underglaze blue. The shoulder rim is over-decorated in gold (Amsterdams Bont?). On the body a pagoda and shrubbery near a river running before a crenulated wall with a fortress and trees. The shoulder is decorated en suite. The silver mounts are marked with an unknown mark.
The scene of houses and shrubbery near a river running before a crenulated wall is unusual in Chinese Imari ware. This type of decoration, with the brick wall and the pagoda is often referred to as the 'Chinese wall' while others think it is a Chinese fortress within walls. (Gordon 1977, p.47)
Apparently the underglaze blue design with houses and shrubbery near a river running before a crenulated wall was popular at the time. In this comparison, between object 2012259 and sold object 2010567, we can clearly see the similarities in the underglaze blue and the Chinese Imari decoration.
The in gold on the over-decorated shoulder rim has also been applied to spots where the glaze had already been flaked off probably due to use. This proves that the over-decorating must have been done at a later time. A previous owner might have decided to add this over-decoration himself or have it added by a workshop specialised in Amsterdams Bont over-decoration at that time.
For identically, in Chinese Imari decorated objects, please see:
- Collecting Chinese Export Porcelain, (E. Gordon, Universe Books, New York, 1977), p. 47, cat 31.
- Porzellan aus China und Japan. Die Porzellangalerie der Landgrafen von Hessen-Kassel, (Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Kassel, Berlin 1990), p.355, cat. 138.
Condition: Some shallow glaze rough spots to the edges of the shoulder and a shallow chip to a corner of the foot.
Price: € 299 - $ 321 - £ 274
(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)