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Chinese Porcelain

 

Chinese Imari 1700-1800

 

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Chinese porcelain producers developed new types of decorations in the early 18th century, Chinese Imari being one of them. It is characterised by a combination of underglaze blue and overglaze red and gold. Details are sometimes in black and green enamels. This development was a reaction to the success of Japanese Imari porcelain with a similar colour scheme. Sometimes Chinese imitations are direct copies of Japanese examples but more often Chinese Imari is decorated with typical Chinese motifs that are closely related to the underglaze-blue patterns of the period. However, the use of red and gold makes Chinese Imari more lavish. Landscapes, flowering plants, birds and mythical creatures are recurring motifs. Depictions of humans are less frequent and apart from armorial pieces, European designs are quite rare. The shapes fit into the normal export assortment. Chinese Imari was not only in demand in the West, but also in south-east Asia, India, and the Ottoman Empire. In the VOC (Dutch East India Company, 1602–1799) records it is called 'Chinese-Japanese' and in addition to blue and white and enamelled wares, this was a standard type in the Company's assortment that was bought in Canton until the end of the 18th century.

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Object 2011169

 

Tea caddy

China

1720-1730

 

Height including cover 127 mm (5.00 inch), height excluding cover 106 mm (4.17 inch), dimensions 60 mm (2.36 inch) x 60 mm (2.36 inch), diameter of mouthrim 24 mm (0.94 inch), weight including cover 250 grams (8.82 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 11 grams (0.39 ounce (oz.))

 

Tea caddy of square form with canted corners. Four flat feet at the corners. A flat shoulder and a short upright neck. Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. The original cover is missing. Fitted with silver mounts (unmarked). Decorated with different flowering plants like; peony, aster, banana and cherry growing from pierced rockwork and a table with flower baskets filled with various flowering plants. On the flat shoulder four cartouches filled with flowering plants on a trellis pattern ground with four single flower heads.

 

Many flowering plants all have their own symbolism; depicted together they also symbolise nature's wealth, and hence riches. (Jörg 2011/2, p.36)

 

Condition: Some glaze rough spots to the edges.

 

References:

Jörg 2011/2, p.36

 

Price: € 699 - $ 785 - £ 610

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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Object 2012350

 

Dish

China

1720-1735

 

Height 26 mm (1.02 inch), diameter 211 mm (8.30 inch), diameter of footring 108 mm (4.25 inch), weight 267 grams (9.42 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, moulded, egg-shaped, panels in low relief on the rim. Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red and gold with various flowers and a flowering chrysanthemum tree growing from behind a fence. On the sides sixteen panels, each separated by a flower and filled with a flowering chrysanthemum. On the reverse two flower sprays.

 

The shape, size and design on these Chinese Imari decorated dishes have derived from earlier (Kangxi) examples decorated in 'Red & Gold' / 'Rouge-de-fer' with iron-red, black enamel and gold on the glaze.

 

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Sold object 2012213, an identically, in red and gold / rouge de fer, decorated dish, (this dish is not included in this sale/offer). 

 

Condition: Fleabites to the rim and footring and a chip to the reverse rim.

 

Price: € 199 - $ 232 - £ 179

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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Object 2011685

 

Bowl

 

China

1715-1725

 

Height 75 mm (2.95 inch), diameter of rim 154 mm (6.06 inch), diameter of footring 65 mm (2.36 inch), weight 282 grams (9.95 ounce (oz.))

 

Bowl on footring, straight sides and an underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red and gold with fish alternating with flowering peony sprays above a foaming waves pattern border. Round the rim a trellis pattern border. On the bottom a single fish.

 

Condition: A firing flaw and a hairline to the rim.

 

Reference:

Sargent 2012, p.183

 

Price: € 299 - $ 335 - £ 261

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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Object 2011735

 

Dish

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height 27 mm (1.06 inch), diameter of rim 221 mm (8.70 inch), diameter of footring 129 mm (5.08 inch), weight 351 grams (12.38 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, the moulded rim with a scalloped edge. Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. In the centre a medallion with a flower spray. The medallion is surrounded by four groups of flowering plants and encircled by a double border, one with floral scrolls and flowerheads. the other with a crossed lines pattern. Each of the small modelled lobes of the rim has a stylised lotus-petal motif. On the reverse two flower sprays.  

 

The scalloped rim and edge with its many tiny indented panels is modelled after an European metal or ceramic dish. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.101), (Jörg 2011/2, p.42)

 

An identical bowl and dish, probably used in Europe for serving soup. are in the Wallenstein collection. (Suchomel 2015, p.377)

 

For this indentically shaped and decorated bowl and dish please see:

For a dish decorated with famille verte enamels and with a similarly scalloped rim and edge, please see:

Condition: Firing flaws to the base and reverse rim, glaze rough spots to the edge and footring and a shallow chip to the reverse rim.

  

References:

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, cat. 91

Jörg 2011/2, cat. 31 & 32

Suchomel 2015, cat. 221

 

Price: € 499 - $ 560 - £ 435

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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Object 2010545

 

Dish

 

China

 

1725-1740

 

Height 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of rim 208 mm (8.19 inch), diameter of footring 130 mm (5.12 inch), weight 415 grams (14.64 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, straight rim. Chinese Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, overglaze iron-red and gold with a flowering peony and bamboo tree growing from pierced rockwork near a fence. On the rim a diaper pattern border with eight reserves four filled with a single flower and four with a double flower. The reverse is undecorated.

 

Condition: A chip, three fleabites and some rough spots to the rim.

 

Price: € 249 - $ 279 - £ 217

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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Object 2010114

 

Small bowl

 

China

1720-1740

 

Height 49 mm (1.93 inch), diameter of rim 82 mm (3.23 inch), diameter of footring 35 mm (1.38 inch), weight 124 grams (4.37 ounce (oz.))

 

Small bowl on footring, straight rim. Imari, decorated in underglaze blue and overglaze iron-red and gold with flowering chrysanthemum and peony plants. Round the footing a marubatsu pattern (modern Japanese for 'naughts and crosses' or 'Os and Xs'). On the bottom a single flower head.

  

Condition: Perfect.

 

Price: € 149 - $ 177 - £ 133

(the $ and £ prices are approximates and depend on the € price exchange rate)

 

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