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Wheel engraved

 

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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

 

Wheel engraving cuts through the glaze, using copper wheels of varying sizes and abrasives, and reveals the porcelain´s white body. This European technique was first developed for glass around 1590 to 1605, and then applied to ceramics. Commentators have speculated that this demonstrably European carved decoration may have been performed by either Bohemian, Saxon or Silesian craftsmen. The former collection of King Augustus the Strong in Dresden contains several wheel engraved sets. An inventory drawn up in the period 1721-1727 notes that the Saxon Minister Count Vitzthum had several items brought from Holland in December 1723 at the King's command, suggesting that the engraving was carried out there. Given the predominance of Bohemian glass traders and artist in Amsterdam and many other European cities at the time, this was probably their work. (Sargent 2012, p.504), (Emden 2015/1, p.124

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Object 2011784

 

Teacup and saucer

 

China

 

1720-1730 

 

Height of teacup 35 mm (1.38 inch), diameter of rim 70 mm (2.76 inch), diameter of footring 31 mm (1.22 inch), weight 35 grams (1.23 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 20 mm (0.79 inch), diameter of rim 113 mm (4.45 inch), diameter of footring 61 mm (2.40 inch), weight 65 grams (2.29 ounce (oz.))

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. Batavia Brown covered with underglaze dark brown and underglaze-blue with a riverscape  in a double circle, on the sides and rim four flowering stems. On the reverse a continuous, wheel engraved, decoration of birds and flowering scrolls. Marked on the base with a square shop mark in a double circle, underglaze blue. The teacup is decorated en suite.  

 

For similarly, wheel engraved, Batavia Brown wares, please see:

Condition:

Teacup: Three popped bubbles of glaze to the rim, caused by the firing process..

Saucer: A popped bubble of glaze to the rim caused by the firing process and some fleabites to the footring.

 

References:

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1989, p.133

Davison 1994, cat. 1817

Espir 2005, cat. 12

Sargent 2012, p. 505, plate 276

Salisbury 2014, cat. 391 & 392

Emden 2015/1, cat. 103

Emden 2015/2, cat. 103

Kerr 2015, cat. 106

 

Price: Sold.

 

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Object 2012053

 

Teacup and saucer

 

China

 

1720-1730 

 

Height of teacup 40 mm (1.57 inch), diameter of rim 69 mm (2.72 inch), diameter of footring 33 mm (1.30 inch), weight 44 grams (1.55 ounce (oz.))

Height of saucer 24 mm (0.94 inch), diameter of rim 110 mm (4.33 inch), diameter of footring 55 mm (2.17 inch), weight 65 grams (2.29 ounce (oz.))

 

Teacup and saucer on footrings, slightly everted rims. Batavia Brown covered with underglaze dark brown. Wheel engraved decorated with floral designs and knotted garlands. The teacup is decorated en suite.  

  

For similarly, wheel engraved, Batavia Brown wares, please see:

Condition:

Teacup: A firing flaw to the inner footring and a fleabite and frit to the rim.

Saucer: Some firing flaws to the base.

 

References:

Lunsingh Scheurleer 1989, p.133

Davison 1994, cat. 1817

Espir 2005, cat. 12

Sargent 2012, p. 505, plate 276

Salisbury 2014, cat. 391 & 392

Emden 2015/1, cat. 103

Emden 2015/2, cat. 103

Kerr 2015, cat. 106

 

Price: Sold.

 

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