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Japanese Imari 1690-1800
Height 81 mm (3.18 inch), diameter of rim 152 mm (5.98 inch), diameter of footring 68 mm (2.68 inch), weight 366 grams (12.91 ounce (oz.))
Bowl on footring, spreading sides. Imari decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold with three alternating wide and narrow shaped panels reserved on a blue ground with leafy scrolls in gold. The wide panels are filled with flowering plants and grasses and the narrow panels are filled with flowering plants and two birds. Round the foot a band of floral and leafy sprays. Inside on the bottom a flower spray and on the sides three wide spread groups of flowering plants and grasses.
A classical, rather formal piece of Imari. A well painted example with almost all the golden decoration still intact.
Price: € 499 Currency Converter
Japanese Blue and White wares 17th Century
Height 164 mm (6.46 inch), diameter 99 mm (3.90 inch), diameter of mouthrim 24 mm (0.94 inch), diameter of footring 51 mm (2.01 inch), weight 377 grams (13.30 ounce (oz.))
Kendi on footring, spout on the shoulder, long cylindrical neck ending in a splayed mouth with overturned rim. Decorated in underglaze blue with a simplified landscape. On the shoulder a band with single dots and a monochrome underglaze blue band on the spout and neck flower sprays.
This small kendi is rather sketchily painted. The band with dots may have been derived from the small border panels with simplified tassels and dots of the late kraak pieces. The flower sprays indicate a late 17th-century date. Similar kendis are in the Toguri Museum Tokyo, and several other collections. A ribbed variety is also known.
Jörg states that the kendi is a drinking and pouring vessel widely used in Asia. Its basic shape is a bulbous body, a long neck and a tubular or breast-shaped (mammiform) spout on the shoulder. The kendi has no handle and one holds it by the neck and drinks from the spout. The kendi seems to have evolved from the Indian kundika and spread throughout Asia, changing shape and adapting to existing local vessels for similar use. Kendis of Chinese kraak porcelain of the first half of the 17th century and Japanese kendis of the second half were part of the Dutch East India Company's (VOC) porcelain assortment for the inter-Asian trade. Apparently, they also reached The Netherlands in small quantities, probably as part of the belongings of retiring VOC employees. They were not used according to their traditional function in The Netherlands and must only have been decorative items or were filled with flowers as shown on paintings. Kendis were not used in Japan (or China) and were made exclusively for export in Arita from the 1660s. Kendis usually have a smooth body, but Japanese potters frequently made a variety that is vertically ribbed by moulding the piece. Another characteristic of Japanese kendis is the broad overturned mouthrim, seen less often in Chinese pieces.
Arts states that the gorgelet (Portuguese: gorgoletta) or ghendi of the Japanese was originally a drinking vessel in general use everywhere in Asian countries. The porcelain form originated during the Ming period probably from a far older earthenware prototype. Later on, after the habit of tobacco-smoking appeared in Asia at the beginning of the 17th century, it was also used as a nargileh base in many Mohammadan countries. The VOC registers indicate that ghendi were made by the Japanese more or less from the beginning, as an imitation of the Chinese examples. In 1669 Bengal ordered from Deshima twenty large and small ghendi. The biggest market was Southeast Asia. In 1671 Chinese junks carried a consignment of seven hundred Japanese-made ghendi from Deshima to Batavia and another six hundred in the following year.
For an identically shaped, sized and decorated kendi, please see:
- Hizen wares abroad, The 10th anniversary special exhibition, (Kyushu Ceramic Museum, Kyushu, 1990), p.79, cat. 91 & 92.
- Fine & Curious: Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, (C.J.A. Jörg, Hotei publishing, Amsterdam, 2003), p.65, cat.51.
Condition: Some firing flaws, two firing tension hairlines to the footring, a chip to the inner tip of the spout.
Price: € 899 Currency Converter
Japanese Imari 1690-1800
Height 60 mm (2.36 inch), diameter 109 mm (4.29 inch), diameter of footring 45 mm (1.77 inch), weight 181 grams (6.38 ounce (oz.))
Bowl on footring, straight rim. Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red, green, aubergine, yellow, and black enamel, and gold with, flowering chrysanthemum plants growing from rockwork with bounded hedges alternating with flowering peony plants with grasses growing from pierced rockwork.
This bowl highlights the virtuosity of the porcelain producer, who used various decorative techniques in different media for which three kiln firings were needed. It is a good example of underglaze blue very fine enamelled ware that was part of the export assortment in the early 18th century. The elements of the decoration (flowering chrysanthemum and peony) have become standardised, but are still well painted, drawn and superbly outlined in gold.
Chinese wares over-decorated in the West 1700-1800 - Dutch over-decorated wares Amsterdams Bont - Flowerbasket and a Fisherman by a Sentry House
1730-1750, over-decorated in the Netherlands, Amsterdams Bont, c.1730-1760
Height 75 mm (2.95 inch), diameter of rim 140 mm (5.51 inch), diameter of footring 53 mm (2.09 inch), weight 266 grams (9.38 ounce (oz.))
Bowl on footring with steeply rounded sides and a straight underglaze brown-edged rim (jia mangkou). Decorated in underglaze blue with various flower sprays. Over-decorated in iron-red, black, gold and overglaze green enamel, in the Netherlands, Amsterdams Bont, c.1730-1760 with four panels, two filled with a fisherman near two sentry houses and the other two with a man walking over a bridge towards two sentry houses. In between the panels floral sprays and leafy scrolls. Around the foot a zig-zag lines pattern border. On the bottom a basket filled with flowering plants, hanging ribbons. Around the inner rim four reserves filled with an insect on a diaper pattern border. Marked on the base with a shop / makers mark in a double circle in underglaze blue.
The flower basket in combination with the fisherman by a sentry house was by far the most popular motif used on Amsterdams Bont pieces decorated in the Netherlands.
For similarly decorated objects, please see:
Condition: A fring flaw to footring, some fleabites and a hairline to the rim.
Price: € 249 Currency Converter
Japanese Imari 1690-1800
Bowl with cover and saucer
Saucer: height 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of rim 181 mm (7.13 inch), diameter of footring 84 mm (3.31 inch), weight 330 grams (11.64 ounce (oz.))
Bowl (without cover): height 73 mm (2.87 inch), diameter of rim 115 mm (4.53 inch), diameter of footring 50 mm (1.97 inch), weight 220 grams (7.76 ounce (oz.))
Cover: height 30 mm (1.18 inch), diameter of rim 124 mm (4.88 inch), diameter of ringknob 40 mm (1.57 inch), weight 126 grams (4.44 ounce (oz.))
Ribbed bowl on footring, steep sides, lobed rim. With matching saucer on footring, the cover (with a ring) fitting over the rim of the bowl. Imari, decorated in underglaze blue, iron-red and gold. Bowl and saucer with a band of various flowering plants in red and gold divided by formal peony heads in underglaze blue, above a band of lotus-petal shaped panels alternately drawn in blue and filled with a formal flower, or painted red and filled with a single leaf, or similarly in pale red. Inside the bowl a central medallion with a flower spray, the reverse of the saucer with three flowering sprigs. The cover with two concentric rows of similarly painted petals, the reverse of the cover with a kiku-flower.
Such bowls may have been used in The Netherlands to serve hot food, the cover keeping it warm. The lotus panels and the stylized peony in blue may have been derived from Chinese Kangxi porcelain with such patterns. Complete sets consisting of a bowl, cover and saucer are rare. The cover is an original that fits over the bowl, as the cover of the chocolate cup, cat. 257, or is taken from a larger example. (Jörg 2003/1, p.110, cat.114)
For an identically shaped, sized and decorated bowl with cover and dish, please see:
- Fine & Curious. Japanese Export Porcelain in Dutch Collections, (C.J.A. Jörg, Hotei Publishing, Amsterdam, 2003), p.110, cat. 114.
Condition: A firing flaw to the footring of the bowl.
Kraak Porcelain wares 1570-1645 - Closed Forms
Height 159 mm (6.26 inch), diameter 83 mm (3.27 inch), diameter of mouthrim 25 mm (0.98 inch), diameter of footring 44 mm (1.73 inch), weight 205 grams (7.23 ounce (oz.))
A thickly potted small bottle with a pear-shaped body, tall tapering neck, slightly flared mouth with rolled mouth rim and low, thick, V-shaped foot ring. The recessed base is slightly convex and glazed. The small bottle is decorated in deep shades of cobalt blue, darkening in some areas to a blackish blue, beneath a blue-tinged glaze. The lower body is moulded with four wide and narrow vertical panels. The wide panels are decorated with flowering plants alternating with flowering peach. The narrow panels are decorated with vertical lines framed by curvy lines. The five narrow panels on the neck are decorated with pending strings of beads ending in tassels and are enclosed between two stylized ruyi-head borders. (Welsh 2008, p.152)
This small bottle can be classified as a closed form, pear-shaped bottle. The name defines the shape of these bottles: a rounded body low on the footring with a neck of varying length, often ending with a garlic-shaped protuberance. These bottles are often referred to as Persian flasks. Unlike Kraak bowls and dishes, footrims on bottles are thick, low almost rolled. Bases are glazed. The Hatcher cargo produced a large amount of full-size bottles, which are truly representative of the term "pear-shaped". In these late pieces the border on the shoulder is wide and may have a meander pattern or thick lines. A series of dots covers the rest of the neck. When it is present, the garlic shape at the end of the neck is decorated with triangular motifs connected by straight lines. The large panels sport the unusual decorations but the flying horse, painted vertically and head down, is a favourite motif. All these bottles are heavily potted. (Rinaldi 1989, pp.166-191)
Such pear-shaped bottles were common in the cargoes of the Dutch East India Company (VOC) ships returning to the Netherlands and frequently figure in the Company's records as pear-shaped bottles and "Persian" bottles are mentioned as separate items, but the difference between them is not yet clear. Several pieces of the same shape and with rather casual and simplified decoration were found in the Hatcher wreck, a Chinese Junk which sank c.1643. Thus this bottle is dated accordingly. Unlike dishes, saucers and bowls of Kraak porcelain, hollow forms such as bottles, ewers and jars do not have the characteristic thin body of Kraak porcelain and are more heavily potted. Nevertheless, all authors accept them as Kraak ware because of their decoration in - usually moulded - panels. (Jörg & Van Campen 1997, p.66)
Small moulded bottles are relatively rare in Dutch collections and seems unrecorded in literature so far.
For a similarly shaped and sized, earlier sold, small bottle, please see:
Condition: Firing flaws to the base and footring and an old restauration to the rim.
Price: € 599 Currency Converter
Chine de commande - Western Subjects 1680-1800 - Various Subjects - Meissen Style
Teacup and saucer
Height 25 mm (0.98 inch), diameter of rim 121 mm (4.76 inch), diameter of footring 70 mm (2.76 inch), weight 83 grams (2.93 ounce (oz.)
Saucer on footrings with spreading sides and a slightly flaring rim. Decorated in various overglaze enamels, and gold after the style of Meissen porcelain with a European harbour with a large fortress, mountains houses, boats with fisherman and trees. On the quay two men hunting for ducks. On the sides and rim a decorative pattern of scrollwork. The reverse is undecorated.
Chine de commande
This French expression is used for Chinese porcelain, of which the shape and mainly the decorations are derived from Western examples. Decorations, often European prints (engravings) were cheap and easily brought along by ship to Asia. They were then meticulously copied on order in China, at first in blue and white, but very soon (from approximately 1715 onwards) also in enamel colours. This often-involved porcelain featuring family coats of arms – how fancy this looked on a dinner table – though all kinds of other depictions were also popular. Scenes from the Bible and classical antiquity, depictions of ships, harbours, landscapes as well as city views were all quite common too. Slightly erotic scenes were also much favoured. (The World at Home: Asian porcelain and Delft pottery held from 17 June 2017 to 10 March 2019 at the Groninger Museum, The Netherlands)
The design on this teacup and saucer is a direct copy from a Meissen original, including the decorative pattern of scrollwork which is typical of Meissen porcelain of the period 1720-1740. The very detailed and refined painting, so faithfully copying the original, illustrates the craftsmanship of the Chinese porcelain painter and the quality that could be reached in export porcelain. However, Chine de commande, like this must have cost a good deal more than the ordinary enamelled wares for export. (Jörg 1989/2, p.226)
For an identically decorated dish, in the collection of the Rijksmuseum Amsterdam please click here.
For an identically decorated dish, please see:
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: € 349 Currency Converter
Chine de commande - Armorial / Pseudo-Armorial wares 1700-1800 - Pseudo-Armorial
Tea bowl and saucer
Height of tea bowl 45 mm (1.77 inch), diameter of rim 75 mm (2.95 inch), diameter of footring 36 mm (1.42 inch), weight 67 grams (2.36 ounce (oz.))
Height of saucer 28 mm (1.10 inch), diameter of rim 121 mm (4.76 inch), diameter of footring 76 mm (2.99 inch), weight 83 grams (2.93 ounce (oz.))
Tea bowl and saucer on footrings, the bowl with handle. Decorated in encre de Chine, gold and a pink-gold wash with three monogrammed ovals surmounted by a coronet surrounded by European scrollwork with hanging flowers supported by two angels. In the dexter oval a cipher "J C V E" and a cipher "F V P " at the sinister side oval, underneath both ovals a third oval with the cipher "P V P". On the base of the tea bowl an old square paper label that reads: 'encre de Chine ca.1750 fl.750,- kop + sch' The tea bowl is decorated en suite.
Monograms and ciphers are mainly personal as opposed to coats of arms that beside by individuals can also be borne by whole families and communities. Pseudo-armorials are those emblems and signs which only resemble a coat of arm by using heraldic components such as a shield shape and/or banners, spears, flying angels etc. that surround the monogram or cipher. Chinese export porcelain decorated with three monogrammed ovals is rare. (Kroes 2007, p.56)
For an earlier sold, identically, shaped, sized and decorated tea bowl and saucer, please see:
- Sold Ceramics - Sold Chine de commande - Armorial / Pseudo-Armorial wares 1700-1800 - Pseudo-Armorial - Page 1 - Object 2010944.
Tea bowl: Perfect.
Saucer: Some wear to the decoration round the inner rim and two fleabites and a chip to the rim.
Price: € 749 Currency Converter