Pater Gratia Oriental Art

Recent Acquisitions

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Latest update; December 5, 2019.

2010984
2010984

Blue and White Kangxi Period 1662-1722 - Miniature Doll's House Vases

 

Object 2010984

 

A miniature "doll's house" vase

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height 45 mm (1.77 inch), diameter 28 mm (0.87 inch), diameter of mouthrim 15 mm (0.59 inch), diameter of footring 12 mm (0.47 inch), weight 16 grams (0.56 ounce (oz.))

 

Miniature "doll's house" vase on a footring. Decorated in underglaze blue with flowering plants and insects in flight.

 

It was a popular pastime for the ladies of the Dutch patrician society to furnish doll's houses, whose various rooms reflected those of their own town palaces. Apart from the usual furniture, miniature versions of exotic luxury goods such as porcelain, fabrics, carpets and lacquer were obligatory. The doll's house of Petronella Oortman, now in the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, and that of Lita de Ranitz in the Historical Museum of the Hague are considered to be the most prominent examples. The Chinese had produced miniature ceramics for almost one thousand years for the decoration of birdcages, therefore it was no problem for them to supply the Dutch with doll's house porcelain. Miniature pieces were also displayed in ordinary porcelain rooms in cupboards and on brackets along the wall. (Suebsman 2019, p.76)

 

Condition: Some very tiny popped blubbles of glaze, caused by the firing process, to the rim.

 

Reference:

Suebsman 2019, p.76 

 

Price: € 199 - $ 220 - £ 168

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

 

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2012246
2012246

Japanese Blue and White wares 17th Century

 

Object 2012246

 

Dish

 

Japan

 

1660-1680

 

Height: 31 mm (1.22 inch), diameter of rim 210 mm (8.27 inch), diameter of footring 111 mm (4.37 inch), weight 318 grams (11.22 ounce (oz.))

 

Dish on footring, flat rim. On the base four spur-marks. Decorated in underglaze blue with a flowerpot with ribbons and tassels on a fenced terrace filled with flowering chrysanthemum and peony plants under a curtain with ribbons and tassels in a circular cartouche. The sides and rim in Chinese Kraak-style with eight large panels containing peach and auspicious symbols and eight narrow panels filled with a scale pattern and dots. The reverse is undecorated.  

 

Tassels and ribbons are an unusual and rare motif on Arita blue-and-white export ware. In the early 18th century tassels and ribbons can be found on Japon de commande Armorial ware for the Van Buren, Van Buren and Van Brederode and the Van Bambeeck family.

 

For a similarly decorated dish, without the tassels and ribbons, please see:

Condition: Perfect.

 

References:

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1971, cat. 10

London 1997, cat. 14

Jörg 2003/1, pp.232-233 & cat. 6 

 

Price: Sold.

 

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2010736
2010736

Famille Rose wares 1725-1800

 

Object 2010736

 

Teacup and saucer

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Provenance: Mark Powley, Fine Chinese Art, San Francisco, The United States of America.

 

Height of teacup 37 mm (1.46 inch), diameter of rim 72 mm (2.83 inch), diameter of footring 31 mm (1.22 inch), weight 30 grams (1.06 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of rim 114 mm (4.49 inch), diameter of footring 67 mm (2.64 inch), weight 56 grams (1.98 ounce (oz.))

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. Decorated in various famille rose enamels with a peacock near a tiled terrace in a garden landscape with rockwork, a lingzhi, a flowering peony tree and flowering plants. On the rim a diaper-pattern border with four reserves filled with leafy scrolls. The reverse is undecorated. The teacup is decorated en suite.

 

The peacock is a symbol of dignity and beauty. It wards off evil and dances when it sees a beautiful woman. As peacocks' feathers were used during the Qing dynasty to denote official ranks, the peacock motif might also express a wish for a good position. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.157)

 

For a dish similarly decorated in various famille rose enamels with peacocks in a garden landscape, please see;

Condition:

Teacup: A tiny frit to the rim.

Saucer: Perfect.

 

References:

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.157

Jörg 1999, cat. 78

 

Price: € 749 - $ 824 - £ 640

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

 

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2011492
2011492

Red & Gold / Rouge-de-Fer 1690-1730

 

Object 2011492

 

Tea caddy

 

China

 

1700-1720

 

Height excluding cover 105 mm (4.13 inch), dimensions 90 mm (3.54 inch) x 57 mm (2.24 inch), weight including cover 355 grams (12.52 ounce (oz.)), weight cover 37 grams (1.31 ounce (oz.))

 

Rectangular tea caddy with canted corners on a flat, unglazed, base. On the flat top an unglazed cylindrical mouth. The original cover is missing. Fitted with a pewter cover (unmarked). Decorated in 'Red & Gold' / 'Rouge-de-fer' with iron-red and gold on the glaze with flowering lotus buds, round the neck half flower heads with leafy scrolls on an iron-red ground alternating with half flower heads with leafy scrolls. On the flat top the cylindrical mouth is flanked by flowering lotus buds. Curious detail is the slightly of centre placing of the filling opening.

 

As the Dutch porcelain historian Lunsingh Scheurleer decided on the term Melk en Bloed, Milch und Blut or Milk and Blood, respectively in his German and English publications, this term has been agreed upon in international academic literature as well as among porcelain collectors.

Melk en Bloed was only imported from China, mainly by Dutch private traders, in the short period of time between ca. 1700 and 1730, a heyday of porcelain art, when the Qing emperors Kangxi (rule 1662-1722) and Yongzheng (rule 1723-1735) reigned. In contrast to the state controlled archiving system of the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) chambers' transactions, order documents from individual dealers as well as private firms in the Netherlands had never been correctly archived and so source material regarding the identity of the persons who commissioned Melk en Bloed is utterly scanty. From the historical records of the electoral Saxon Court in Dresden in particular, we know that several dealers from Amsterdam were involved in the trade of red and gold decorated porcelain. For example the dealer Abraham van Theenen and the commercial enterprise of Godefroy & Dulong are documented there as suppliers, and the inventories of the year 1721 to 1725 record that Count Lagnasco (1659-1735), one of King Augustus the Strong's purchasing agents, acquired some of the most beautiful red and gold pieces of the Dresden collection on his shopping-tour in Amsterdam in 1716. (Suebsman 2019, p.13)

 

For a long time during the 17th century tea from China was in fact viewed upon as a kind of exclusive medicine, however after 1680 it quickly became very popular as a beverage among all classes. A cup of tea was often enjoyed in privacy at home as well as in public tea houses. The latter has even proved to have been a major contribution to women's emancipation, as it indeed allowed women to freely, and unaccompanied, visit these houses together with their lady friends. Tea was available in all sorts of different qualities, ranging from expensive to cheap. It was imported in great quantities from China, the only country where tea was cultivated in those days, to the Netherlands by the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC).

Following the tea hype, porcelain also made its way to the West: cups with fitting saucers, at first without a handle, later on sometimes with. Apart from a Chinese tea pot, 18th century tea sets often also included a corresponding rinsing bowl, milk jug, spoon tray, sugar pot and tea caddy. These tea caddies were almost invariably made of Chinese porcelain and rectangular or ovoid shaped. They were sometimes embellished with metal mounts. Blue specimens were sometimes over-decorated in enamel colours in the Netherlands (Amsterdams Bont) to make them look more appealing. In case a Chinese tea caddy was lost, it could be replaced by one made of Delftware. (source: The World at Home: Asian porcelain and Delft pottery held from 17 June 2017 to 10 March 2019 at the Groninger Museum, The Netherlands) 

 

Condition: Two firing flaws and some glaze rough spots to the edges.

 

References:

Suebsman 2019, p.13 

Exhibition: The World at Home: Asian porcelain and Delft pottery held from 17 June 2017 to 10 March 2019 at the Groninger Museum, The Netherlands.  

 

Price: € 599 - $ 661 - £ 512

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

 

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2010766
2010766

Famille Rose wares 1725-1800

 

Object 2010766

 

Dish

China

 

c.1750

 

Height 31 mm (1.22 inch), diameter of rim 207 mm (8.15 inch), diameter of footring 118 mm (4.65 inch), weight 250 grams (8.82 ounce (oz.))


Dish on footring, lobed underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Decorated in various famille rose enamels with flowering plants growing from taihu (garden) rocks. The sides are undecorated. Around the rim a spearhead-pattern border. The reverse is undecorated.

 

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. (Jörg 2003/2, p.25)

 

After c.1730 famille rose rapidly succeeded famille verte as the mainstyle of enamelling for the Western export markets. About half of the regular export assortment of the Dutch East India Company, (Vereenigde Oost-Indische Compagnie, VOC) and other companies consisted of 'enamelled' wares, as polychrome porcelain was generally called then, with the pink enamel dominant in a palette which also included green, iron-red, yellow, brown, black, overglaze blue and details heightened with gold. These more ordinary wares were less refined and not so well painted but nevertheless sold very well in Europe. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.206)

Condition: Some firing flaws and a tiny frit to the footring.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp. 77-105

Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.206

Jörg 2003/2, p.25

Sargent 2012, p.183

 

Price: € 249 - $ 274 - £ 213

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

 

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