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Brown (Capucin wares) 1700-1800 - Tea, Coffee and Chocolate wares


Object 2011976


Teacup and saucer






Height of teacup 43 mm (1.69 inch), diameter of rim 82 mm (3.22 inch), diameter of footring 39 mm (1.54 inch), weight 70 grams (2.47 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 23 mm (0.91 inch), diameter of rim 135 mm (5.31 inch), diameter of footring 72 mm (2.83 inch), weight 111 grams (3.92 ounce (oz.))


Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. Batavia Brown covered with underglaze dark brown. 

Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red and gold with a central flower spray in a roundel surrounded by wave-shaped panels filled with a riverscape alternating with a flowering plant growing from rockwork. On the rim a zig zag lines-pattern border with reserves filled with flowerheads. The teacup is decorated en suite. On the base of the saucer an old rectangular paper collectors label with the handwritten number '185' in blue ink.


In the Netherlands, porcelain decorated in this type of underglaze brown has historically been called 'Batavia Brown' or Capucijnergoed ('Chick-pea ware', after the legume). The first name may have been coined because most goods exported to The Netherlands from the East were sent via Batavia and has nothing to do with a Batavian production or decoration, It is a very common type with the decoration usually contained within medallions. Occasionally, a gold decoration has been painted on the brown glaze. The brown color is achieved by using iron oxide as a pigment, which like underglaze blue, needs to be fired at high temperatures. Considerable quantities were exported to the Western and Inter-Asian markets from c.1700. The pieces are rarely refined and can be considered as articles for everyday use by the middle-classes. (Jörg 2002/2, p.120)


Batavia Brown is known in China as shanyu huang (eel yellow) or shan yu pi (eel-skin), that belongs to the family of tea-dust glazes (chayemo). (Sargent 2012, p. 533)



Teacup: Perfect.

Saucer: A tiny fleabite to the rim and some fleabites to the footring.



Jörg 2002/2, p.120

Sargent 2012, p.533


Price: Sold.


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