Pater Gratia Oriental Art

Chinese Porcelain


Batavia Brown (Capucin) wares 1700-1800


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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 colour 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


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Object 2011028


Covered jar






Height including the cover 132 mm (5.20 inch), height excluding the cover 95 mm (3.74 inch), diameter 117 mm (4.61 inch), diameter of rim: 113 mm (4.45 inch), diameter of footring 68 mm (2.68 inch), weight with cover 497 grams (17.53 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 164 grams (5.79 ounce (oz.))


Covered jar on footring. A domed cover with ring knob. Batavia Brown covered with underglaze dark brown. Polychrome decorated in various, famille rose, overglaze enamels with flowering plants in all leaf-shaped medallions on the body and cover.


Porcelain decorated in this type of underglaze dark brown has historically been called 'Batavia Brown' or "Capucijnergoed" ('Chicl-pea ware'. after the legume). Occasionally, a gold decoration has been painted on the brown glaze. The term famille rose was first coined by the 19th-century French author Albert Jacquemart, who distinguished between specific groups in his descriptions of Oriental ceramics. (Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp.77-105), (Jörg 2002/2, p.120)


Condition: Perfect.



Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp.77-105

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1968, cat. 137

Jörg 2002/2, cat. 82

Jörg 2003/3, cat. 8


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