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There was great demand for Chinese porcelain in Europe at the end of the 17th century. This led to the production of a variety of shapes and decorations while the competition between private merchants also contributed to a very varied supply. Besides porcelain decorated in underglaze blue, famille verte and Chinese Imari, many other types emerged, decorated with overglaze enamels that were sometimes combined with underglaze blue. The most important development, however, was the use of a pink-red enamel around 1725. Porcelain decorated with this enamel is called famille rose. Within a very short time this type supplanted famille verte and became the popular choice for all kinds of export porcelain. Mixing the rose with white enamel created shades of colour that suggested depth and volume. Famille rose knows a great variety in quality and decorations. The name was invented in the 19th century; before that it was simply called 'enamelled'. Rose enamel was first developed in the Imperial workshops in Beijing and applied on enamelled copper and bronze objects. Western chemical knowledge introduced by the Jesuits at the court around 1700 probably played a role. Since c.1725 it also was used on porcelain in Jingdezhen. Initially, the colour had a lilac shade but became a proper pink after c.1730. It was applied rather thickly and, unlike the very thin iron-red, can easily be felt on top of the glaze. Rose was applied on all types of export porcelain and there are countless combinations with other enamels.

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Object 2010559

 

Teacup and saucer

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Height of teacup 37 mm (1.46 inch), diameter of rim 66 mm (2.60 inch), diameter of footring 29 mm (1.14 inch)

Height of saucer 17 mm (0.67 inch), diameter of rim 107 mm (4.21 inch), diameter of footring 63 mm (2.48 inch)

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. Decorated in various famille rose enamels with a large flowering peony growing from taihu (garden) rocks and two birds, one in flight the other perched on the branch of another flowering plant. The teacup is decorated en suite.

 

Condition:

Teacup: A firing flaw, two hairlines and two fleabites.

Saucer: Two chips, three fleabites, one with a short connected hairline.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp. 77-105.

Jörg 2003/2, p.25, cat. 8.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010436

 

Teacup

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Height 33 mm (1.30 inch), diameter of rim 67 mm (2,64 inch), diameter of footring 29 mm (1.14 inch)

 

Teacup on footring, spreading sides and rim, Decorated in various famille rose enamels with a large flowering chrysanthemum spray and a cat. The cat is watching a bird perched on a branch of a flowering prunus tree. On the bottom a single flowering stem.

 

Condition: A frit and a tiny fleabite to the rim.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp. 77-105.

Jörg 2003/2, p.25, cat. 8.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010581

 

Teacup and saucer

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Height of teacup 34 mm (1.34 inch), diameter of rim 62 mm (2.44 inch), diameter of footring 30 mm (1.18 inch) 

Height of saucer 18 mm (0.71 inch), diameter of rim 105 mm (4.13 inch), diameter of footring 55 mm (2.17 inch)

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. Decorated in various famille rose enamels with a  flowering peony plant and prunus tree and two birds, one perched on a branch of the prunus tree the other in flight. The reverse is undecorated. The teacup is decorated en suite.

 

Condition:

Teacup: Some enamel loss, a popped bubble of glaze, two very tiny fleabites and a firing flaw to the rim..

Saucer: Some enamel loss and a frit with a short connected hairline to the rim.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp. 77-105.

Jörg 2003/2, cat. 8.

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 201021

 

Saucer

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Height 18 mm (0.71 inch), diameter of rim 103 mm (4.06 inch), diameter of footring 60 mm (2.36 inch)

 

Saucer on footring, slightly everted rim. Decorated in various famille rose and famille verte enamels with a central peach and a finger-lemon fruit also called 'Buddha's-hand citron', on the sides and rim various flower heads and flower sprays. The reverse is undecorated.

 

The fingered-lemon or 'Buddha's-hand citron' is a small, open citrus with distinctive fruit, native to the foothills of the Himalayas. Around 320 BC, Greeks and Romans used the fruit as a source of fragrance and the leaves as a moth repellent. The fruit has also been used for centuries to perfume clothes and rooms, as ornaments in religious ceremonies and is appreciated for its medicinal qualities." This explains why the Chinese treated it as a precious decorative object in the old days. When the pomegranate ripens it opens up and exposes lots of seeds inside. Chinese people like its pretty appearance, signifying many offspring /children to come. (I am indebted to Mr S. Fan for this information)

 

Condition: A frit and three very tiny fleabites to the rim.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp. 77-105

Jörg 2003/2, cat. 8

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010333

 

Saucer

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Height 19 mm (0.75 inch), diameter of rim 112 mm (4.01 inch), diameter of footring 62 mm (2.44 inch)

 

Saucer on footring, slightly everted rim. Decorated in various famille rose enamels with a little boy resting on the back of a buffalo in a fenced garden landscape, observing a bird perched on a branch of a blossoming prunus tree. The reverse is undecorated. 

 

Condition: A hairline and tiny fleabite to the rim.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp. 77-105

Jörg 2003/2, cat. 8

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010587

 

Teacup and saucer

 

China

 

1730-1750

 

Height of teacup 38 mm (1.50 inch), diameter of rim 71 mm (2.80 inch), diameter of footring 34 mm (1.34 inch)

Height of saucer 18 mm (0.71 inch), diameter of rim 115 mm (4.53 inch), diameter of footring 70 mm (2.76 inch)

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. Decorated in various famille rose enamels with a flowering peony spray, on the rims various flower heads. The reverse undecorated. The teacup is decorated en suite.

 

Condition:

Teacup: A firing flaw with a tiny connected hairline to the footring and some enamel loss.

Saucer: A tiny fleabite to the rim and some enamel loss.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp. 77-105

Jörg 2003/2, cat. 8

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010435

 

Teacup

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Height 30 mm (1.18 inch), diameter of rim 64 mm (2.52 inch), diameter of footring 30 mm (1.18 inch)

 

Teacup on footring, slightly flaring rim. Decorated in various famille rose enamels with a deer holding a lingzhi in its mouth and a crane with a peach in its beak. in between lingzhi with a prunus and a flowering chrysanthemum tree growing from taihu (garden) rocks. On the bottom a single lingzhi.

 

In Daoist mythology the spotted deer are considered auspicious animals connected to immortality. This is because they were believed to attain great age. Furthermore, they were the only animals able to locate and eat the special fungus of longevity, lingzhi. These special mushrooms were found on the paradise islands of Penglai. In Chinese mythology the Penglai mountain is often called the base of the Eight Immortals, or at least where they travelled to have a banquet. In Chinese art the spotted deer usually accompanies Shoulao or Magu, the God and Goddess of Longevity. Because of all this, even today the horns of deer have an important place in Chinese medicine and can be found in every Chinese apothecary shop. The soft internal part of the horns is dried, pulverised, and made up into pills. The inferior parts are boiled up into jelly or tincture. 

 

The connection between the crane and the peach can be explained by the ancient Chinese Taoist god of long life and luck, Shoulao, (the popular name for Shou-xing), the stellar deity of longevity, is usually portrayed with an enormous head, carrying a long staff and a pumpkin gourd, which contains the water of life. In his other hand he holds the peach of immortality, sometimes with a crane of top.

 

Condition: Two tiny frits and hairlines to the rim.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp. 77-105

Jörg 2003/2, cat. 8

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010417

 

Saucer

 

China

 

1720-1740

 

Height 18 mm (0.71 inch), diameter of rim 98 mm (3.86 inch), diameter of footring 56 mm (2.20 inch)

 

Saucer on footring, slightly everted rim. Decorated in various famille rose enamels with two deer in a landscape with funghi and a bird perched on a branch of a blossoming prunus tree. The reverse is undecorated. 

 

The spotted deer design symbolises best wishes for a career as an official and good fortune and prosperity. This is because the Chinese word for deer, lu, has the same sound as the word for the high salary of a Chinese official. Another reason for the association with Chinese scholar-bureaucrats or literati is that one of the concluding rituals of the provincial examinations that had to be passed if one was to become an official in the Chinese civil service was a party known as the Banquet of Auspicious Omens, ore more literally the Deer-cry Banquet.

 

Condition: A hairline and three tiny fleabites to the rim.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp. 77-105

Jörg 2003/2, cat. 8

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010548

 

Saucer

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Height 19 mm (0.75 inch), diameter of rim 105 mm (4.13 inch), diameter of footring 58 mm (2.28 inch)

 

Saucer on footring, slightly everted rim. Decorated in various famille rose enamels with a garden landscape with a flowering peony and prunus tree growing from taihu (garden) rocks, two peacocks and a butterfly in flight. The reverse is undecorated.

 

In China, the peacock, was a symbol of the Ming Dynasty. The Chinese equated the peacock with divinity, rank, power, beauty, dignity, and the desire for peace and prosperity. The hidden or implied meaning behind this decoration is that a pair of peacocks are a devoted couple which fly side by side in the heavens and are like flowers with interlocked branches on earth. The pair symbolize mutual affection between lovers.

 

Condition: Two hairlines and some very tiny fleabites to the rim.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp. 77-105

Jörg 2003/2, cat. 8

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2010434

 

Saucer

 

China

 

1730-1740

 

Height 18 mm (0.71 inch), diameter of rim 109 mm (4.29 inch), diameter of footring 60 mm (2.36 inch)

 

Saucer on a footring, slightly everted rim. Polychrome decorated in various famille rose enamels with a flowering prunus and chrysanthemum tree growing from taihu (garden) rocks behind a fence, two birds are perched on the branches of the prunus tree. The reverse is undecorated.

  

Condition: To frits and a chip to the reverse rim.

 

References:

Jacquemart & Le Blant 1862, pp. 77-105

Jörg 2003/2, p.25, cat. 8

 

Price: Sold.

 

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